The Wind Rises (2013)

“The Wind Rises” is a pseudo-biography of Japanese warplane designer Jiro Horikoshi and to a degree Hayao Miyazaki’s parents as well, who underwent some similar events to the fictitious elements Miyazaki adds to Horikoshi’s life, as well as having some similarities to the realities. The film revels in the joy of flight and the wonder…

The Cat Returns (2002)

Rare for Studio Ghibli, this is a spin-off (of sorts) from an earlier film, 1995’s “Whisper of the Heart”, the first Ghibi film not to be directed by either Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata. Presumably this film, “The Cat Returns”, is actually a story-within-a-story, a book written by the writerly protagonist of “Whisper of the…