Arts > The Wind Rises

08 May 2014 | by Francine Stock

The Wind Rises


Director: Hayao MiyazakiYou might be best advised not to take young children to this cartoon, even though its director, Hayao Miyazaki, has made some of the most enchanting animations of the past 30 years. It’s not that it isn’t beautiful; it’s not that it’s excessively violent – it is simply a work of a mature artist looking back. Though often lyrical or arresting it is hardly family entertainment. The films of the Japanese director are wildly popular in his own country and increasingly appreciated abroad. Films like Spirited Away (2001) – which picked up an Oscar for best animation and a Bafta for best film of any kind not in the English language – display not only nimble imagination and technical brilliance but ambitious themes, particularly ab


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