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Synopsis:
Jiro (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voiced by Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events including The Great Kanto earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic, and Japan's plunge into war.
Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko (voiced by Emily Blunt) and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo (voiced by John Krasinski).
Directors:
Producers:
Geoffrey Wexler, Toshio Suzuki
Voiced By:
Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Mansai Nomura, Jun Kunimura, Mirai Shida, Shinobu Ôtake, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman
Writers:
Hayao Miyazaki
Others:
Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
Aka:
Kaze Tachinu
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Anime & Animation
Countries:
Japan, Top 100 Films, Anime & Animation
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/09/2014
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature Storyboards
  • Trailers and TV Spots
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/09/2014
Run Time:
126 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Feature Storyboards
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Press Conference for the Announcement of the Completion of the Film

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Reviews (3) of The Wind Rises

Visually stunning but lacks the usual Miyasaki genius - The Wind Rises review by Alain

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08/06/2017

Aeronautics and fantastical machines have always played a big part in the work of Miyasaki, so I was keen to see him take on the story of a plane designer/engineer. This film is visually stunning. The level of details in backgrounds throughout the film is astounding and everything feels just right. The work which went into this must be phenomenal.

However, the story is not that interesting. The two main threads deal with the plane designs aspect and the personal life of the central character Jiro. Neither are very captivating. The backdrop of Japan between world wars is quite in interesting but not sufficiently used, and the love story features quite late and lacks inspiration. I didn't feel any attachment for any of the characters, the way I did for the graves of the fireflies, which has a similar tone.

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Quite enjoyed - The Wind Rises review by BW

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26/04/2018

I quite enjoyed this one, though not as much as my Ghibli favourites like Laputa, Nausicaa, Howl, Spirited Away, Porco Rosso. There is an interesting and nicely handled, if occasionally slightly confusing, blend of fantasy and 'reality' segments in the frequently interspersed dream sequences. I did engage with the characters, though was a bit disappointed to discover later that the biographical details were largely fictional (the main character is based on a real aeronautical engineer). However, it makes for a good, if bittersweet, movie plot; and the sense of the engineer's desire to create beauty and wonder while realizing the dream of flight is palpable.

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Scores more than a zero. - The Wind Rises review by SP

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13/05/2018

I am not a great fan of animated films, but this could be prejudice on my part as I have not seen that many! This thought was prompted by my first look at a Studio Ghibli product - The Wind Rises. I was totally captivated by the stunning visuals, inventive storylines and brilliant sound effects (especially in the dream sequences). I would not have believed that an animated film could be so exhilarating, moving and thought-provoking.

I especially liked the detailed links with the history of aviation and the development of pre-war Japan, although I understand that the designer of the Zero fighter - Jiro Horikoshi - had a somewhat different life story. The Zero is an iconic aircraft in Japan but, unlike the Spitfire, evokes the mixed emotions associated with defeat. As the designer laments towards the end of this film, "they never came back" (or words to that effect!).

A film has to be really good for me to give it 5 stars but this makes it easily.

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Critic review

The Wind Rises (aka Kaze Tachinu) review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

It has finally arrived, the day nobody really wanted to see since the first Miyazaki film was released in 1979. The Wind Rises marks the last time legendary director Hayao Miyazaki is helming a feature film as he is heading off to what one hopes will be a happy retirement and if The Wind Rises is truly his last big feature then he will have left on an enviable high that few directors finish their stories on as The Wind Rises is one of his finest pictures he has crafted since Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro.

The film follows the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japanese World War 2 fighter planes and his life leading up to his greatest achievements. The film gives viewers a look at the state of Japan in between world wars and how Jiro crafted his creations in a country that was suffering through some of its worst problems in centuries from earthquakes to the great depression and how each of these events turned him into the man he was supposed to be.

Unlike his various pictures that employed fantasy elements to tell their stories, The Wind Rises is strictly a drama, a richly designed and vivid view of Japan in an era that brought pain and suffering in its droves and yet under Miyazaki’s careful designs this Japan is one full of possibilities and the chance to triumph despite the terror befalling those around you. Jiro was lucky to see this side of Japan, not the one The Wind Rises hides behind bright colours and eternal optimism.

The film tells a powerful story and uses Japan’s history to its advantage while bringing out the best of Miyazaki films from the sense of wonder to the endless possibilities that the film alludes to. This is fine filmmaking, let alone fine animation and while it will be a considerable loss to the medium I’m glad I got to see one last masterpiece before he hung up his pencil

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