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Old 11-25-2014, 09:45 PM   #1701
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I feel that The Wind Rises pairs well with Porco Rosso. Both are aimed for adults, both feature Italians, both deal with living in the face of loss, and certainly the ending sequence with the planes in The Wind Rises is similar to Porco's fateful flight when he is the only survivor and watches his buddy's plane fly into the sky.
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I feel that The Wind Rises pairs well with Porco Rosso. Both are aimed for adults, both feature Italians, both deal with living in the face of loss, and certainly the ending sequence with the planes in The Wind Rises is similar to Porco's fateful flight when he is the only survivor and watches his buddy's plane fly into the sky.
Maybe a triple feature then of Porco Rosso first, The Wind Rises second, and taper off with Grave of the Fireflies?

The timelines even sync up rather well this way. Porco Rosso is based in WWI, The Wind Rises in earlier WWII (mostly), and Fireflies in later WWII.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:32 AM   #1703
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Pom Poko and Whispers of the Heart also make a great double feature. Because the Tanuki's forrest was torn down to make way for the neighborhood that Shizuku lives in.
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I watched The Wind Rises for the first time recently, then a day or two later watched Grave of the Fireflies for the first time. I think they pair well together as a double feature, with Rises first and Fireflies second. This way you get both sides of the coin, the "haves" of Japan during the war, and the "have-nots" as well. If watching those two back-to-back doesn't make a person cry, I don't know what will.

As an aside, I liked The Wind Rises better than Grave of the Fireflies. The motivations and actions of the characters in Rises worked better and flowed more smoothly. Grave, while poignant, touching, depressing, and moving, also included some oddities I can't really reconcile.

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[Show spoiler]Seita had nearly half of the money his mother left to her children in the bank, yet didn't think to pull out some more of it to feed the both of them before they both were half dead? I know 14 year olds are stupid sometimes, but this was just dumb. I could understand Seita's pride getting in the way of going back to his aunt and apologizing/moving back in, but that money was available the entire time and they didn't need to outright starve, at least not at that point. While it could be argued that perhaps that money wouldn't have seen them through the rest of the war anyway, what matters is that a clearly intelligent 14 year old didn't use every resource he had to keep the two of them alive and well before matters became incredibly dire, despite his promises to Setsuko. Had Seita acted sooner and budgeted the money (something a 14 year old is smart enough to do), they could reasonably have made it through until the Americans arrived and maybe, just maybe, survived (or at least Setsuko might have, with Seita sacrificing his own health to save her).


Maybe my gripes take a bit of the weight out of the film for me, but I still rate it highly for the overall atmosphere and tone it sets.
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Pom Poko and Whispers of the Heart also make a great double feature. Because the Tanuki's forrest was torn down to make way for the neighborhood that Shizuku lives in.
Which then can lead into The Cat Returns
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Here's a BDInfo scan I found for the US release of "The Wind Rises"...

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DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     The Wind Rises (Blu Ray)
Disc Size:      46,794,941,234 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        Yes
BDInfo:         0.5.8

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name:                   00800.MPLS
Length:                 2:06:34.628 (h:m:s.ms)
Size:                   26,761,949,184 bytes
Total Bitrate:          28.19 Mbps

VIDEO:

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MPEG-4 AVC Video        23992 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1

AUDIO:

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DTS-HD Master Audio             English         1118 kbps       1.0 / 48 kHz / 1118 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio             English         320 kbps        1.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio             Japanese        1120 kbps       1.0 / 48 kHz / 1120 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

SUBTITLES:

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Presentation Graphics           English         28.476 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           English         21.118 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           French          24.357 kbps                     

FILES:

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01001.M2TS      0:00:00.000     0:00:11.052     32,262,144      23,351          
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01004.M2TS      2:03:04.835     0:03:29.792     736,432,128     28,082
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