The Wind Rises
aka Kaze tachinu
First screened in January 2014 / Most recently screened in December 2019
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Animated. Voice Cast: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Mirai Shida, Masahiko Nishimura, Shinobu Ôtake, Mansai Nomura, Jun Kunimura, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita. Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki (based on his comic book).

Twitter Capsule: Gorgeous, daring, and imaginative, however sandbagged by its sentimentality. A delicate, subtly haunted swan song.

VOR:   Haunting themes in whimsical styles, surreal embellishments linked to catastrophic facts, a hero's intents against his effects. Breathtakingly ambitious.

Photo © 2013 Studio Ghibli

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in January 2014: B+)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Animated Feature

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Animated Feature
National Board of Review: Best Animated Feature
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Animated Feature
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Animated Feature

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