The son of an airplane parts manufacturer, Hayao Miyazaki's lifelong love of flight appears in some form in each and every one of his films. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present his two films that focus directly on this passion and love of flight: Porco Rosso and The Wind Rises.
- 12 pm: Porco Rosso (1992) - Miyazaki frequently caricatures himself as a pig, and the flying pig Porco is perhaps the closest thing to a self-portrait in any of his films. Set in the Adriatic Sea in the 1930s, this former Italian World War I pilot is now a cynical, middle-aged free agent chasing air pirates for the bounties. But his Bogart-like "I stick my neck out for no one" attitude is challenged when he has to help the idealistic daughter of an old friend and defend the honor of an old flame against an upstart American pilot. Rated PG.
- 2:15 pm: The Wind Rises (2013) - Miyazaki's most recent feature-length film is a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, the brilliant aeronautical engineer who designed the famous Mitsubishi Zero fighter plane, the most advanced airplane in the world at the time. Jiro's work is driven by a love of the beauty of flight, while Miyazaki examines how a creator's love of his creation can sometimes blind him to the seeds of destruction it contains. Rated PG-13.