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Di­rected by Hayao Miyazaki Voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Taki­moto

Al­legedly Miyazaki’s last an­i­ma­tion, this beau­ti­ful, spooky pic­ture deals with Jiro Horikoshi, the en­gi­neer who de­signed the Mit­subishi Zero fighter for the Im­pe­rial Ja­panese Air Force. A paper plane be­comes a bird. An equiv­o­cal Ger­man tourist takes on the qual­ity of a vis­it­ing war­lock. Hu­man be­ings splut­ter the en­gine noises. The Wind Rises is no­body’s idea of a nat­u­ral­is­tic piece of work. Maybe the film is a bit short on pol­i­tics, but this re­mains a ter­rific farewell. PG cert, QFT, Belfast; Light House, Dublin; Eye, Galway, 126 min

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