Anime auteur Hayao Miyazaki stated that The Wind Rises would be his last film. And even though he has declared retirement six times, this film would be a sufficient swan song.
Controversy has surrounded the film due to Miyazaki’s choice of protagonist, an engineer loosely based on Jiro Hirokoshi, who designed two planes that proved integral during World War II. Miyazaki, however, seemed to have tried his best to strip the story of political history, leaving perhaps that which Miyazaki cared about the most: a protagonist whose dreams came true through willful determination and an inextinguishable curiosity. Even at 73 years old, Miyazaki may have identified with a man who sought everything he could, and his hero in The Wind Rises in the end helps Miyazaki illustrate the fact that dreams cannot be bound by anything, not even age.