Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
In the very last film of my Oscar challenged I viewed the sub-titled and animated feature “The Wind Rises”, set to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film. Marking his third nomination with previous nods for “Howls Moving Castle” (2005) and even a win for “Spirited Away” (2002), the Academy does love to honor Miyazaki and could even pull off an upset over “Frozen” in order to honor him one last time. Portraying a young boy who has the dreams of building airplanes, he slowly grows into an older man who grapples with building planes for military purposes. Struggling with his designs as well as the new found love for a young woman with a terminal illness, the film is Miyazaki’s most straightforward film yet, dealing with human beings through and through rather than delving too deeply into an imaginary world, with the only scenes containing this other worldly nature in dream sequences with a famous plane engineer. The film is inspiring, heart warming and heart breaking, and absolutely stunning to look at. Even with “Frozen” in a complete lead, having this land as Miyazaki’s final film could just rally the support this film needs to win and would mark the amazing director’s legacy with two Academy Awards.
// Produced by Toshio Suzuki // Directed by Hayao Miyazaki //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, March 1st, 2014 // Laemmle NoHo 7 // 0 films – 1 day //