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The Wind Rises ( Blu-ray )

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement at the age of 72. If he sticks to his word he will have gone out on a sublime note. As captivated by the joy of flight and flying machines as any of the wonderful films that have preceded it, The Wind Rises is a fictionalised portrait of the brilliant aeronautical engineer Horikoshi Jiro and the two loves of his life: his work, and his ailing wife, Nahoko. Picturing Japan of the 20s and 30s in vivid detail  not least in his jaw-dropping depiction of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake and fire  Miyazaki mixes intense nostalgia for the unspoiled countryside with sharp observation of his countrys determination to foot it in an industrialised world. In Jiro, Miyazaki sees a creative spirit inextricably caught up in that era: his most perfect invention, the power-diving Zero, became the instrument of Japanese aggression and self-destruction. Miyazakis tenderly equivocal portrait of his subjects innocence has raised eyebrows among some who fear a resurgence of Japanese militarism. But the haunting composure with which his beautiful film binds joy and terror, love and loss, creation and destruction, speaks to contradictions that are hardly unique to Japan.

Year: 2013
Genre: Japanese Cinema, Anime, Blu-ray Discs, 2014, Studio Ghibli
Country: Japan
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Duration: 126 Minutes
Rating: PG
7.8/10
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