Movie Maven: 'The Wind Rises'

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'The Wind Rises' is an animated feature film from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Movie Maven: 'The Wind Rises'
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MPR's Movie Maven and Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a new film from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises.

The film centers on a boy, Jiro, who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Although an animated film, it is intended for teens and adults. The film chronicles much of Jiro's life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war.

The Wind Rises is rated PG-13, and is playing at many movie theaters throughout the region.

The Wind Rises, official trailer:

Bonus: Listen to the audio to hear Stephanie, Jill and Sean discuss last week's Oscar winners.

Have you seen the film? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

MPR's Movie Maven, Stephanie Curtis, joins The Current's Morning Show to talk about films every Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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