Chris Hanna

The Wind Rises

Japanese animation titan Hayao Miyazaki’s reported final film The Wind Rises is a heck of a way to bow out for the filmmaker whose credits include My Neighbour TotoroHowl’s Moving CastlePrincess Mononoke and Oscar winner Spirited Away.

The Wind Rises is nominated in this year’s animated film Oscar race. While it’s not a straight-up children’s film in the same way Frozen or Despicable Me 2 are, it’s kid-friendly. The best way I can describe The Wind Rises is that it’s a (superb) period drama that happens to be (gorgeously) animated.

We meet Jiro Horikoshi (voiced in the English-dubbed version by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the Japanese designer of WWII fighter planes, as a young boy in a Japanese grade school. He’s studious and well liked and even stands up for a student being bullied. He’s a boy who does the right thing, even when his face pays the…

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