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DVD Review – The Wind Rises (2013)

The Wind Rises (Japan: Kaze tachinu), 2013.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Starring Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, [For English dub]: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Martin Short.

Synopsis:

A profile of Jiro Horikoshi (Anno/Gordon-Levitt), a Japanese engineer who designed fighter planes during World War II.

The swan song of Hayao Miyazaki…say it ain’t so!! Still, Clint Eastwood made a similar remark about retiring after Gran Torino (2008) and has still carried on. So maybe we haven’t seen the last of Miyazaki; it wouldn’t certainly be a huge loss to cinema and animation if it happens to be true. If Miyazaki has finally taken leave on his Ghibli efforts, what a way to go out. The Wind Rises is not the best the studio has produced – just because the man is leaving the business there is no need to get hyperbolic – though it is a spectacular film,
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The Wind Rises DVD Review

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Mansai Nomura, Jun Kunimura, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy.

Running Time: 126 minutes

Certificate: PG

The end of an era? We can only hope not. After all, Hayao Miyazaki has attempted retirement before, but then again, there is something about The Wind Rises that feels very definite and complete. The supposed final film of one of cinema’s true greats is not just a riveting biography of plane designer Jiro Hirokoshi, but also a look inside the soul of Miyazaki himself.

Miyazaki has always had a love for planes, ever since being born into a family that ran Miyazaki Airplanes. His films often contain flying apparati such as planes and airships, from Castle In The Sky to Porco Rosso. Now he delves back into the life of Hirokoshi,
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The Wind Rises: a flight into Hayao Miyazaki's magic and poetry

All controversy aside, if this moving story of a pre-war airplane engineer is the animator's last film, it will be our loss

The Wind Rises, the new film from 72-year-old Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, takes its title from a line in a Paul Valery poem ("The wind is rising! We must try to live!") and is inspired by the life of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi who designed Mitsubishi's A6M Zero fighter. It's probably the gentlest animated feature about an armaments designer you'll ever see.

"Poor countries want airplanes," Jiro (Hideaki Anno) is told, as they watch oxen haul the latest prototype out onto the field for testing. Lacking the power of western engines, Jiro and his fellow engineers must instead work with everything at his disposal – flush rivets, split flaps, retractable undercarriages, the lightest aluminium alloy – to reduce the drag on that aircraft and pluck it into the vast,
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Ringu Sequel Sadako 3D 2 Arriving in Homes Next Week

Tsutomu Hanabusa's 'Sadako 3D 2', which marks yet anther official installment in the J-horror 'Ringu' series, is set for a Western home release next week. Unfortunately we never got to see the 3D theatrical version on these shores and it doesn't look like it's getting the 3D Blu-ray treatment either but I'm sure we'll be able to watch the new release and pinpoint exactly where the out-of-screen action was meant to be. The English subtitled version of the sequel lands on DVD and Blu-ray from 28 February 2014 and stars Miori Takimoto, Satomi Ishihara, Koji Seto, Yusuke Yamamoto and Kokoro Hirasawa. You can check out the trailer below....
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Wind Rises, The (Kaze tachinu) | Review

Jirô (Hideaki Anno) is a Japanese boy who often dreams of flying machines, but he knows full well that his poor eyesight will never allow him to become a pilot. With Italian aviation pioneer Caproni (Mansai Nomura) guiding him through a series of lucid dreams, Jirô recognizes that his true destiny is to become an aviation engineer. (Jirô is said to be a fictionalized interpretation of Japanese aviation engineer Jirô Horikoshi with a bit of novelist Tatsuo Hori thrown in for good measure.) Jirô begins to read English-language aviation magazines with the aid of a dictionary, eventually studying aeronautical engineering at a university in Tokyo. On one fateful train trip to Tokyo, Jirô meets Nahoko (Miori Takimoto) for the first time. She saves his hat, he saves her nanny; there is an obvious connection between them, but they soon must go their separate ways. Years later, while Jirô is on a business trip for Mitsubishi,
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The Wind Rises Announces English-Language Voice Cast

An A-list roster of voice talent has been assembled for the English-language version of Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises, which opens in select North American theaters on Feb. 21, 2014, expanding wide on Feb. 28, 2014. The film marks director Hayao Miyazaki's final feature, as the legendary animation veteran announced his retirement in September 2013.

In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world's most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. The voice cast of the English-language version follows.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) lends his voice to Jiro Horikoshi, who harbors strong ambitions to create his own beautiful airplane. A bubbling mix of wild excitement,
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English Language Voice Cast Announced For Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises

I suspect my forthcoming Top 10 list isn’t the only place you’re going to see master animator Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature film, The Wind Rises, featured and celebrated prominently as 2013 comes to a close – read my review here – but in truth, the first time most Americans will have a chance to see the film is this February, when the movie arrives in theatres throughout the United States.

As per Disney’s normal practice for releasing Studio Ghibli films, an English-language dub has been produced – though for fans who want to see the subtitled version, it will also be made available to theatres – and today, we have a much better idea of what that adaptation will look (er, sound) like, as the English-language cast has been announced. Headed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role, with high-profile actors like Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, John Krasinski, and Mandy Patinkin, it
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The Wind Rises Trailer

Watch the latest trailer for The Win Rises directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The animated adventure features the voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Stephen Alpert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita and Mirai Shida. Toshio Suzuki produces, and the Touchstone Pictures release from Studio Ghibli opens in limited theaters on February 21st, 2014 and expands the week after that. 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. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923
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The Wind Rises / Kaze Tachinu (2013) Us Movie Trailer and Poster

The Wind Rises Us Trailer. Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises / Kaze tachinu (2013) Us movie trailer stars Hideaki Anno, Mirai Shida, Jun Kunimura, Miori Takimoto, and Hidetoshi Nishijima. The Wind Rises‘ plot synopsis: “In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro—inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni—dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. [...]

Continue reading: The Wind Rises / Kaze Tachinu (2013) Us Movie Trailer and Poster
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New Us Trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises

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Having recently wrapped an Oscar-qualifying run in New York and La, the first Us trailer has now debuted for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, which the legendary filmmaker has said will be his final film as a director.

The latest in a long line of hugely popular Studio Ghibli movies, The Wind Rises opened in Japan over the summer, and is set to open wide in the States early next year. The studio is maintaining its relationship with Disney, who are handling its distribution in North America under the Touchstone Pictures banner, and will no doubt be giving it a big push for the Oscars.

This new trailer, launched via Deadline, is the first domestic trailer for its stateside release, following the subtitled Japanese trailer that landed over the summer.

This decade-spanning epic from maestro Hayao Miyazaki is his most unique films to date, inspired by the true stories of Jiro Horikoshi,
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Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Us Trailer

Credited as “The Farewell Masterpiece” of Hayao Miyazaki, although he has spoken of retirement before, The Wind Rises is getting everybody in the animation world excited. A strong contender for Oscar glory, as well as receiving favourable reviews, The Wind Rises follows the life of Japanese fighter plane designer Jiro Horikoshi. This Us trailer contains no dialogue, perhaps in an attempt to hide the fact that an English dub is not likely. It usually takes a couple of years to for a Studio Ghibli film te be released to western audiences, but The Wind Rises will arrive in the Us just 7 months after its Japanese release. It certainly looks breathtaking and the accompanying song is also delightful.

The Wind Rises is released in the Us on 21st February 2014. It stars the vocal talents (if not dubbed) of Hideaki Anno, Mirai Shida, Jun Kunimura, Miori Takimoto, and Hidetoshi Nishimura.

Source: Deadline
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The Wind Rises Trailer

The Wind Rises Trailer
After the first international trailer was released in August, Touchstone Pictures announced that it will distribute director Hayao Miyazaki's final movie The Wind Rises in U.S. theaters on February 21, 2014. Today, the studio has unveiled the first domestic trailer for this animated feature, which follows a young man named Jiro, who dreams of becoming a pilot before learning that he is nearsighted. He turns his passion for the sky into a career as an aeronautical engineer for a Japanese company in 1927.

The Wind Rises comes to theaters February 21st, 2014 and stars Hideaki Anno, Jun Kunimura, Mirai Shida, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Keiko Takeshita, Mansai Nomura. The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
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The Wind Rises Poster

The Wind Rises Poster
Touchstone Pictures has released the first theatrical poster for The Wind Rises, director Hayao Miyazaki's final animated feature. The story follows Jiro, a young man who always dreamed of being a pilot before learning that he is nearsighted. He turns his passion for the sky into becoming an engineer for a major Japanese company in 1927. We reported in September that Touchstone is releasing the film in domestic theaters next February.

In The Wind Rises, Jiro-inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni-dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world's most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro's life,
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'The Wind Rises' (2013) Movie Review - Toronto Film Festival

Knowing The Wind Rises is expected to be writer/director Hayao Miyazaki's final feature film brings with it a certain sense of want, expectation and hope. Miyazaki has given us some of the best animated films cinema has ever seen from films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and any countless number of personal favorites you and I have beyond that. To imagine such a splendid cinematic era coming to an end brings with it a bit of disappointment as well, which is only emphasized due to the fact this final effort lands with a bit of a dull thud. Taking his past filmography into consideration, The Wind Rises is a bit of a departure from what we've come to expect from the animation icon. It's a much darker, more down-to-earth drama. The fantastical elements he usually employs are less a part of the story and more a
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Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Gets Oscar Compatible Release Date

Hayao Miyazaki’s potentially final (I’ll believe it when I see it) film, The Wind Rises, has played at the Toronto International Film Festival and has now announced its Us release dates. Disney have decided to show the film in New York and La in its original language from 8th-14th of November which will allow it to qualify for Academy Award consideration. Disney must be confident by pushing out the film in a subtitled form. The Wind Rises will then have a limited release from 21st February 2014, before going nationwide on 28th February. It is assumed that between November and February the film will be dubbed.

The Wind Rises follows the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a man who would go on to develop fighter planes for Japan in World War II. In terms of competition for The Wind Rises, it looks as though it will be taking on
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Tiff Movie Review - The Wind Rises (2013)

The Wind Rises, 2013.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Starring Hideaki Anno, Mirai Shida, Jun Kunimura, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Mansai Nomura, Steve Alpert, and Masahiko Nishimura.

Synopsis:

An animated biopic about Jiro Horikoshi who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Like all great creators Jiro Horikoshi is driven to make his dreams become reality. As a boy he becomes so fascinated in airplanes that he imagines having conversations with the great Italian inventor Caproni. The aspiring aircraft designer heads off to university and gets caught in the middle of a devastating earthquake which leads to an encounter with his future wife. With Japan determined to become less dependent on German technology, Horikoshi embarks on the quest to make the ambition come true.

Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) has a love for airplanes and has wanted to do a film about the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake thereby making The Wind Rises the perfect project for him.
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The Wind Rises Slated for a U.S. Release in February 2014

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The Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli revealed North American release plans for The Wind Rises a Studio Ghibli film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo), at the North American premiere of the film today at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on Feb. 21, 2014, and expanded release on Feb. 28, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. The Wind Rises will also open for Academy Award qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, 2013, showcasing the original film in Japanese with English subtitles.

In The Wind Rises, Jiro-inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni-dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become
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Hayao Miyazaki Is Retiring from Feature Films

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Hayao Miyazaki Is Retiring from Feature Films
During a press conference at the Venice Film Festival yesterday, Studio Ghibli announced that acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki will "retire from the production of feature-length films." However, the announcement doesn't rule out the possibility of the filmmaker directing short films for the studio.

His final movie, The Wind Rises, has been playing in Japanese theaters since mid-July, but it doesn't have a U.S. release date set. The animated film is based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. It is currently playing in competition at the Venice Film Festival, which runs through September 10.

Hayao Miyazaki formed Studio Ghibli in 1984 with fellow filmmaker Isao Takahata, where he directed critically-acclaimed classics such as Nausicca of the Valley Wind, Lapuata: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises.
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Venice 2013: 'The Wind Rises' review

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★★★★☆ Venice favourite Hayao Miyazaki - who today announced his retirement from feature filmmaking - makes his final appearance in competition at said festival with The Wind Rises (2013), a straight biopic on the life of aviation engineer Jirô Horikoshi (Hideaki Anno), the designer of the Mitsubishi Zero fighter plane. Elements of fantasy still exist, and despite the shift in genre the themes and concerns are in fact consistent with his other, more pantheistically exhilarating films such as Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. The film begins with Jirô as a boy, dreaming of flight and the famous Italian designer Caproni.

Cursed by short-sightedness, Jirô quickly realises that he'll never be the pilot he dreams of being, but Caproni assures him of the worth in designing aircraft: "Airplanes are beautiful dreams". However, even these early dreams are haunted by visions of aerial bombardment and the violence and destruction which the invention will
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Toronto Film Festival 2013 Further Additions

The Toronto International Film Festival® has announced the addition of 3 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to the 2013 Festival programme, including a further 12 World Premieres. Representing countries from around the world, the Gala and Special Presentations programmes offer a lineup of diverse titles and genres.

Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Fred Schepisi, Alberto Arvelo, Reha Erdem, Dexter Fletcher, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Megan Griffiths, Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu, Kevin Macdonald, Arie Posin, Charlie Stratton, Nils Tavernier and John Turturro.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15, 2013.

Galas Blood Ties

Guillaume Canet, France/USA North American Premiere

New York, 1974. 50-year-old Chris has just been released on good behavior after spending several years in prison. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, yet blood
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