The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

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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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The Wind Rises is inspiring and informative, a fun to watch movie based on the life of airplane engineer Jiro Horikoshi.

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Jan 01, 2019

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

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!

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.

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.

Dec 02, 2017

I very much enjoyed this, and again was mesmerized by the art of the animation. Different than Miyazaki's other Studio Ghibli films, which are more family entertainment - my guess is that this one is more directed at adults, as it explores more adult themes. Kids will enjoy the animation, of course. By the way, the protagonist of the film is the real engineer who designed Japan's Zero fighter airplane during WWII, but the film is *not* a historically accurate biography. Miyazake took some wild liberties, even with the details of the man's life and marriage, for the sake of artistic license.

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.

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.

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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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).

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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