The Wind Rises


The Wind Rises is Hayao Miyazaki’s goodbye to us. It’s a visually stunning piece that takes its time, indulging in the narrative about finding what you love to do, no matter what. It speaks volumes about Miyazaki’s dance with cinema, his passion and devotion to the dying style of 2D hand-drawn animation (embodied by the character of Naoko in the movie).

It’s his farewell to us. And it’s beautiful. Gorgeous. Poignant. Heartbreaking. Moving. Miyazaki is a genius and I hope against hope that goodbye is just a substitute for we’ll meet again.

“I’ve loved you since the day the wind brought you to me.” ~ Naoko
[I drew a color swap with her hair and her wedding kimono.]


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on January 6, 2015, in Editor's Column, Movie Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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