Parents' Guide to

The Wind Rises

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Lovely, contemplative tale of famed aeronautical engineer.

Movie PG-13 2014 126 minutes
The Wind Rises Movie Poster: Two characters kiss under an umbrella

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age 11+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 6+

Nothing Inappropriate But Somewhat Slow

There is a lot of smoking in this movie and there is a non-bloody earthquake that happens. I really don't understand why this is PG-13. The earthquake could be a bit scary for a kid under 6, but it really is pretty mild overall. I wonder if the rating is due to the fact that it is a slow film -- not something that will hold the attention of the average ADHD child of today. That seems silly. Something should not be PG-13 for being boring. That said, as an adult, I found it a bit boring sometimes. It is a good message overall, but the characters were a bit underdeveloped and the movie is a bit longer than average these days. If your child can tolerate a slow plot, I wouldn't hesitate letting them see this. If nothing else, the animation is beautiful.
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Visually, this is a gorgeous film. The Wind Rises doesn't include any mythical creatures or fantastical worlds; it's all Japan, the sky, the fields, the wind, and the beautiful planes of Jiro's dreams. This is a contemplative tale that requires a patient audience. Young kids used to high-octane adventures may not be ready for this introspective tribute to a visionary man, who may have known in the abstract that his designs would one day be used in war but who really just wanted to make his dreams a reality.

The second half of the film features a heartbreaking romance between Jiro and the now grown-up girl he once ushered to safety during the 1923 earthquake. Naoko (Miori Takimoto/Emily Blunt) is herself an artist who loves landscapes. They long to marry, but Naoko suffers from tuberculosis, a disease even the brilliant Jiro can't troubleshoot. Their scenes together are romantic but also devastatingly sad -- like when he spends a night finishing blueprints with one hand firmly grasping his ill young wife's hand. The storyline isn't exactly a nail-biter, but this is a quietly powerful movie about what it takes to have a singular vision and dedicate your life to it; a tale of a genius, one can only assume, much like Miyazaki himself.

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