• Released
  • February 21, 2014
  • (Expanding on February 28th)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 6 min
  • Animated

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Oscar-nominated animated drama The Wind Rises is notable for being anime legend Hayao Miyazaki's final feature-length film. The movie, dubbed in English for American audiences, may be animated, but like many other Studio Ghibli productions, it's not really for very little kids; it's a poignant and contemplative chronicle of a famous Japanese engineer who was responsible for designing the infamous zero bomber. Because of the historical setting, there are real-life disasters and catastrophes depicted in the movie, like the Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and of course World War II. There's also an upsetting subplot about the engineer's beloved, who suffers from tuberculosis, and many, many scenes of men smoking cigarettes (as was customary in that era). Because of the themes and the mature subject matter, this is an animated film best for inquisitive older tweens and teens.
  • Families can talk about the theme of dreaming and creating. How are they tied together? What does the movie have to say about striving for your dreams?
  • Jiro doesn't consider himself a part of the military and doesn't think too much about how his planes will be used -- just that he wants to make planes. Does he bear any responsibility for being the creator of warcraft?
  • Critics have mentioned that this film is a lot more serious and less whimsical than other Miyazaki fims; do you agree? What are some of your favorites?
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