The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

DVD - 2014
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Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the worlds most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events.

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WoodneathKristie
Apr 30, 2019

This is obviously a passion project for Myazaki (the name of his studio, "Ghibli", is shared by the name of one of the planes designed by Giovanni Caproni, who figures prominently in this film). It reminds me in tone and subject of Grave of the Fireflies, one of Studio Ghibli's earliest, and most heartbreaking films. It unfolds languorously, and has a beautifully surreal feeling to it, thanks to the multiple dream sequences. Like Grave of the Fireflies, this film humanizes the face of Taisho period Japan without making excuses for the militarism that drove that country to unspeakable acts.

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noravirus
Apr 18, 2019

Studio Ghibli puts out such amazing stories and this one is no exception. It's not the action packed adventures many have grown to expect (Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Nausicaa, and so on). This story is more in the My Neighbor Totoro category (but more real; there's no fantastical creatures). The story follows the life and ill fated romance of Jiro, an aeronotical engineer in the mid to late 30's. It's interesting to see some of the interactions with the Germans. There's many side characters that I grew to love in the story. "Engineers make dreams reality."

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LiqinXXX
Mar 01, 2019

The Miyazaki films that I love, I really LOVE!!! Those would be #1 Spirited Away, #2 Princess Mononoke, #3 Howl's Moving Castle, #4 Arietty, #5 Castle In the Sky, and then a whole bunch of others that I also love but to a lesser degree. Then there are what I consider Miyazakis slightly homely children; these movies suffer from things he couldn't control like the cheap, cheesy, dominant style of animation that was in demand at the close of the last century, to things he could have controlled, like overly long and confusing plots. I rank "The Wind Rises" as one of the homely children, but maybe the LEAST homely. It's relatively recent, so the animation has the polish that so impressed me about my favorites of his, and the story is nice, very sad, but nice. Unfortunately the story line just didn't grab and hold me the way it does in the films of his that I like best.

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SusyHendrix
Feb 04, 2019

I hadn't seen this one since its initial American theatrical release. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking movie, probably the toughest Miyazaki movie in terms of its themes about war, art, and death. Jiro is a complicated, even morally ambiguous figure, a man absorbed in his work and seemingly aware that pursuing them isn't going to end well. The whole movie is quite different from Miyazaki's other work, but that's what makes it so interesting. Definitely bring a box of Kleenex too.

I wish American animators made movies this truly adult-- not adult as in SAUSAGE PARTY-level vulgarity, but deep, intelligent work.

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MB85CAL
Jan 01, 2019

Visually stunning, Hayao Miyazaki gives us a masterpiece of animation. A beautiful and touching story. Highly recommend.

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H82BL8r
Dec 10, 2018

This is an absolutely refreshing film. It subtly leaves the viewer with a greater sense of "community" and spirit. There are many "teaching moments" within the film and as such could easily be used in the classroom. Let's say that dreamers dare to dream and combined with passion will make a dream come true. And in a sleep deprived world let's just say that after watching this film get to bed and start dreaming!

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ScorchingSun
Nov 14, 2018

A sweet, heartachy story, beautifully and stylishly drawn.
One slight sticking point: most of the women's faces look identical, can tell them apart only by their hairstyles.

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kaytatmain
Aug 28, 2018

If you love an excellent story, created from Japanese to English identical--you will be impressed, amazed, and cry for love! Kayt

bubble_pai Mar 20, 2018

Somewhat matured story compare to the rest of Studio Ghibli animated films. I like this one, because its quite sad and has a slice of life to it.

While not technically a biography, at least to the point of being entirely factual, The Wind Rises still tells a moving story, and it does bring up an interesting point: sometimes we do tend to miss the humanity of people on the other side.

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Liber_vermis
Aug 30, 2016

The very loosely biographical story of the Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi (1903-1982) who was involved with the Mitsubishi "Zero" fighter. The early 'romance' of aviation is presented as Jiro's dreams of the pioneering aviation designs of Italian Giovanni Caproni (1886-1957).

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crawford_7
May 17, 2016

Overall, this movie could be categorized as a Romantic tragedy.
This animated movie is the fictional story of a young aeronautical engineer in Japan between the wars: his life and love. The main story line, is his struggle to become an engineer and to excel in that profession. There are a few dream sequences in which he meets his hero: a pioneer Italian aeronautical engineer.
He falls in love and eventually marries a young woman that he had helped many years previously. The relationship is very tragic because she has a terminal illness.
There is also tragedy in that his creations are used to destroy instead of help the world.

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