The Wind Rises

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In acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Hideaki Anno, co-director of the Evangelion series) — inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni — dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko (Miori Takimoto), and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Writer/director Miyazaki, whose celebrated career includes such fantasy classics as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, here pays tribute to real-life engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Gorgeously animated and deeply moving, The Wind Rises was an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. (Dir. by Hayao Miyazaki, 2013, Japan, in Japanese with subtitles & dubbed in English, 127 mins., Rated PG-13, Studio Ghibli/Disney) Digital