Movie pick: The Wind Rises (PG)

Movie pick: The Wind Rises (PG)

The Wind Rises, the swansong of legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki, is a fictionalised biopic of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi's life. Horikoshi overcame earthquakes, The Great Depression in the 1920s and a tuberculosis epidemic, and bore witness to his country's plunge into war.

It is Miyazaki's most mature, breathtaking, profound and adult-themed piece of work. It's a pity that the film has been criticised by some for glorifying Japan's role in World War II - Horikoshi was actually the designer of Japan's famous Zero fighter.

However, as depicted in the movie, he boasts a streak of child-like idealism that can only be seen as a desire for peace.

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