The Wind Rises
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In "The Wind Rises," Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. 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. -- (C) Studio Ghibli
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"When Jiro dreams, "Wind" soars; when he comes down to earth, the film can feel a bit stiff and murky. But then, that may be the point."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Reveals itself to be not just a drama about love, romance, aircraft, or war, but a drama of the very essence of humanity: why do we try to live?"
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
""(The) good news is that the film is a flawed but still very enjoyable flight of fancy.""
‑ Jeff Vice, Cinephiled
"It's being billed as Hayao Miyazaki's last film. He can't leave us this way."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Fittingly, for a film that Miyazaki says will be his last, it's also something of a self-portrait in its depiction of a nearsighted, work-driven dreamer whose imagination soars above the rest."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"A rich treat for the eye and soul alike."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"A celebration of craft, graft and inspiration, The Wind Rises is a final masterpiece from an industry legend - and a ballsy statement that animated wonder needn't be confined to genre ghettos."
‑ Michael Leader, Film4
"At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's Miyazaki's most atypical cartoon, yet it might be his most personal self-representation, a portrait of the artist as a myopic dreamer."
‑ Andrew Osmond, Sight and Sound
"If The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's final feature, it marks a suitably rich and strange exit for one of the giants of Japanese cinema."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"For what he has said will be his final film, animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki tackles a controversial biopic that could just as easily have been shot in live action."
‑ Rich Cline,
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