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How the wind lifts

How the wind lifts

Japan 2013

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Originaltitel:Kaze Tachinu
Genre:Animation, Drama, Romance, Adventure
Regie:Hayao Miyazaki
Produktionsland:Japan 2013
Laufzeit:Ca. 127 min.
FSK:From 6 years
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One of the great masters of animated film says goodbye to the active film business: Hayao Miyazaki, founder of the legendary Gibli studio and creator of masterpieces such as "Chihiro's Journey to the Magic Land" or "The Changing Castle" presents his last official directorial work with "Wie der Wind sich hebt". Miyazaki, known primarily for his imaginative, fairy-tale anime films, surprises with his swan song and a very grown-up, historical story, which he tells in his usual pictorial manner, but also in slow motion.

At the centre of the story, which is inspired by real events, is the young aircraft engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who has been captivated by the dream of flying since early childhood. Like his great role model, the Italian Gianni Caproni, Jiro wants to fly over Japan one day in a plane that he himself designed. Already during his studies in Tokyo his great talent was recognized and it did not take long until he rose to one of the elite engineers of the defense industry of the country. Soon he begins to revolutionize the traditional aircraft construction with his ideas and to come closer to his big dream. One day, when he meets the beautiful Nahoko again, whom he met years ago on his first train ride to Tokyo, he realizes that there are other things in life that are worth developing great passion for. But the newly found happiness soon threatens to break up again…

The dream sequence with which "How the Wind Rises" begins once again shows Hayao Miyazaki as his fans know and love him: imaginative, playful and enchanting. At the same time, the scene seems as if the director wants to emphasize quite clearly what kind of movie his last work won't be by the clear break between such dream sequences and the story that is interspersed with real events. The great Kanto earthquake in 1923, political changes in the country before the Second World War, the world economic crisis or the consequences of Japan's entry into the war on Jiro's work and life are not necessarily topics that one would expect from a typical Miyazaki film.

However, it's precisely because he repeatedly adds typical elements to the very dramatic, sometimes sad story and loosens it up with a bit of humor that "Wie der Wind sich hebt" (How the wind lifts itself) at the end seems like a real Miyazaki through and through. Once again, he succeeds excellently in refuting the prejudice that animated films are automatically children's films, which is unfortunately still far too widespread in Germany. Unlike "Ponyo", for example, "Wie der Wind sich hebt" is a very mature work that not only dramaturgically, but also in terms of look and tempo could not be further removed from what is currently offered to children in the field of animation.

The story takes place over a period of several decades. Miyazaki takes a lot of time to tell the story of Jiro, a conglomerate of aircraft engineer Jiro Horikoshi and writer Tatsuo Hori. This requires a certain amount of patience on the part of the viewer, as some moments are really dominated by a distinct slowness. But it is worth getting involved with the pace and the extensive history. Because only then it becomes clear that Miyazaki's last movie really became a little masterpiece and a big ode to the beauty of life. "How the wind lifts" shows in a wonderful way how important it is to follow one's dreams and to live one's passion - something that certainly also applies to the director. If you love Hayao Miyazaki's films and can get used to the fact that this time you're not telling an imaginative fairy tale, you shouldn't miss the most successful Japanese film of 2013. Absolutely worth seeing!

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