If “The Wind Rises” is Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, as the great Japanese animator has claimed, it also may be his least typical. “Typical” isn’t a word usually associated with Miyazaki, whose work encompasses timeless children’s classics, surreal folk-lore fantasies, and aeronautic pigs. But he has never tackled a real-life subject before, and “The Wind Rises” is—on the face of it, anyway—a biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japanese fighter planes used during WWII. Should you see it? Of course: Anything Miyazaki does is worth your time. But the movie’s a gorgeous, problematic anomaly in an illustrious career—a case of rapturous artistic blindness. The excellent English dub includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and Werner Herzog(!) among the voices. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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