Beautiful but sad story of a man with a dream
When Hayao Miyazaki says he's retiring, it usually just means a particularly good movie before a few years of break. The Wind Rises isn't different.
Unlike many of Studio Ghibli's other movies, this one doesn't have any supernatural objects (apart from the dream world) or creatures. That's why I won't call it "scary", but instead very emotional and quite sad. During the first third of the movie there is a large earthquake that causes buildings to collapse and catch fire. Some people get injured (and many die off-camera, but it's a historically known fact and not shown or implied in the movie). A lot of the second half is centered around the romance between the two main characters; there is some kissing but no sex. One of them has tuberculosis; she is briefly shown coughing blood. Her death is not shown but it's very strongly implied. There are some quite short but upsetting visions of cities being bombed in war. Mild swearing. But there is a lot of smoking (which was normal at the time), even by the main character. Despite that, Jiro can be considered a good role model, as he is always very polite to everyone and works hard to design the planes of his dreams, at the end regretting that he made them for war.
Is the movie good? Yes. It beautifully captures the pre-WWII Japan, its cities, countryside and nature. Pay attention to the colours, especially in the dream world. Although the true beauty is in the scenes where there is no music, only sound effects, the music is fantastic and the end credits song is just lovely. Overall, this film succeeds as a biography, romance, animation and a war movie. "Le vent se lève - Il faut tenter de vivre"; "The Wind Rises - we must live".
This title contains:
Positive role models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking