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

Not bad, definitely Miyazaki's exit movie

By fifthrider
Written July 04, 2015
A real change from previous Miyazaki movies, more of a salute to a real life historical figure that was probably important to him, very little fantasy except for dream sequences. As always, very well done. Definitely the movie he wanted to make for himself, not so much the fans. Well voiced, good music, a lot of thought put into each scene, some great sequences for the natural disasters. Touching and sad.
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A farewell from a director with many powerful memories

By jmahoney320
Written March 08, 2014
Putting the debate over its politics aside (although I think it's a very valid and much-needed one!), I really enjoyed The Wind Rises. It feels like more of a character study than a straight narrative, so if you're not into that sort of movie, this might not appeal to you, but if you're someone who misses seeing hand-drawn animation on the big screen, definitely check it out! I think the one issue I have is that the romance between Jiro and Naoko could have been a bit more rounded-out...as someone who's always loved Miyazaki's films for their wonderful female characters, I was kind of disappointed that Naoko wasn't particularly interesting, but I guess that's to be expected, since the focus of the film is really more on Jiro than anyone else.
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Worse than watching paint dry

By resweet
Written March 08, 2014
Almost painful for us to watch this movie. The art of the animation is often beautiful but the story unfolds very, very slowly. If this movie had been 20 minutes it might have been okay for us.
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The end of a great career

By Giraffe1
Written March 03, 2014
I'm sad to think there will be no more Miyazaki films, as this is reportedly his last. I liked this film very much, though it was very different from what one would normally expect of a Miyazaki. This is the true story of the man who designed the Zero bomber that wreaked so much havoc in WWII. There were a number of children at the showing I attended, and the subject matter is rather dark and somewhat inappropriate for the very young.
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The Wind Rises

By sparkle0317
Written March 05, 2014
I watched the trailer on Fandango and thought I was going to the Joseph Gordon Levitt version. I did not expect to read subtitles for such a long film. The art was good and the story was an enjoyable one.
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