The Wind Rises

Dir/scr: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan. 2013.  127mins

Japanese animation genius Hayao Miyazaki’s first film for grown-ups – or perhaps that should read ‘first film likely to bore the under-tens’ – offers plenty of those moments of 2D cine-painting joy and ravishment that we have come to expect from the 72-year-old maestro. But the paradox of the exercise is that in presenting a precise historical setting and period (the military aviation industry in Japan between the two world wars) and partly shutting out the fantasy world of films like Spirited Away or My Neighbour Totoro, Miyazaki loses some of the imaginative force and shape-changing magic that draws hordes of adults even to his ‘children’s’ films.

Miyazaki fans will spot some fresh new touches here, some of them related to the art of the twenties and thirties, with German Expressionism, Fauvism and Social Realism among the movements referenced in the look of certain scenes.

The film

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