The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

Blu-ray Disc - 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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VladTheGreen
Apr 18, 2017

Hayao Miyazaki made a beautiful movie again. He shows us the blend of reality and dreams of the protagonist, how he can visualize and imagine an airplane flying and feel the wind in this drawing board, wonderful!
It is hypnotic how in the dream sequences the machines are shown as organic, living beings, not static metal but free, moving pieces, breathing, extending.
The story may be felt a little depressing because the end of the main two histories is not happy, but it is real. The dream of building beautiful airplanes, machines that will be used in war, and the love story that has a bad end in sight. Both stories are about embarking yourself in a passion project that you know may not end up well, but that otherwise will not make you complete as a person.

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humbleworm
Mar 11, 2017

This is an interesting and poignant biography. If you find it depressing then I'd recommend My Neighbor Totoro (more suitable for kids too) and definitely not Graveyard Of The Fireflies.

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Dragonair
Feb 16, 2017

Another great anime from Miyazaki and I know we are all saddened by his choice of retirement as his movies are among my favorites. We must remember these are 'anime' and not cartoons and are mostly created for adults with very deep themes and storylines. We are all used to stories from an American perspective and I enjoy the changes.

This storyline is the biography of a Japanese Aeronautical engineer whose desire is to build planes (since he cannot fly due to bad eyesight). He is dreaming and building planes and mentions that he wished they were not used as warplanes (as does also the Italian engineer) but the use of them is not his decision. Along with the story is how he meets his future wife and her illness and their short marriage all occurring during the wartime.

It's a great story and the anime is very detailed and needs none of todays CGI to get across to all.

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Liber_vermis
Aug 30, 2016

This often-maudlin animated movie is hard to categorize. Is it for adults or children (or both)? It appears to end clearly opposed to war yet most of the movie is about the main character diligently designing war planes. An unusual (and long overdue) portrayal of the creative process in engineering (which often includes learning from mistakes). The earthquake and fire-bombing scenes are particularly outstanding animations.

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Park_Chim_chim
Aug 10, 2016

I have seen this many times and I think it's so good. It's a lot deeper than any of Miyazaki's other movies and I think that's what makes so much better.

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crawford_7
May 17, 2016

Sad, but I liked it.

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ccm30library
May 14, 2016

A fine film, with gorgeous, intricate animation, an interesting story of a major aeronautical engineer, and throughout, reinforcing the best human values [including the horrors/destruction caused by beautifully designed war planes].

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alitecky
Apr 12, 2016

Pretty, but I don't get it. The protagonist smokes constantly, has a terminally ill wife, and designs warplanes in WWII era Japan. And this is a cartoon!

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Calvacade
Mar 04, 2016

This is a good movie by the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki ( in fact it's purported to be his last film ), it's worthwhile checking out his other films as some of them are classics ( Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke ).

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rslade
Mar 03, 2016

Interesting bits, but overall very strange. Point is?

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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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