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The Wind Rises (PG)

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This film is part of our series of films for little kids, and big kids too. All tickets are at concession prices.

In honour of the legacy that is Hayao Miyazaki and to celebrate his ‘farewell masterpiece’ The Wind Rises, we’re screening Spirited AwayMy Neighbour Totoro and Arriety on Sundays at 6pm throughout March and April.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s final film

Judging by Hayao Miyazaki’s oeuvre, it’s clear that the director has a fascination with all things flight. Real and imagined flying machines feature in several of his films, from the simple magic broomstick in Kiki’s Delivery Service, to Nausicaä’s jet glider in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and the bright red seaplane in Porco Rosso. The Wind Rises is no exception. Based on Miyazaki’s own manga of the same name, it is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, an engineer who designed the Mitsubishi A5M and A6M fighter planes. Set during a time of immense hardship in Japan, including the Great Depression, the 1923 Kanto earthquake, a tuberculosis epidemic and the impending doom of WWII, the story shows Jiro wrestling with the destructive fates of the machines he creates, only wishing to “make something beautiful.”

Why should you see this film?

Miyazaki’s latest film could perhaps also be his last, given that the master animator announced his retirement last September. Truth be told, he has spoken about retirement before, most notably after the release of Princess Mononoke in 1997, after which he made his Academy Award winning Spirited Away in 2001. A guy can change his mind, right? Regardless, The Wind Rises is a wondrous and lyrically elegant film addressing themes of art, inspiration and the sometimes unpredictable nature of creation. It is nominated for Best Animated Feature for this year’s Academy Awards.

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