The Wind Rises 

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Wind Rises Movie

“The Wind Rises” is an animated historical drama film released in 2014, written and directed by the renowned Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The film is produced by Studio Ghibli, known for its beautifully animated and emotionally compelling works.

“The Wind Rises” tells the fictionalized biographical story of Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Hideaki Anno), a real-life aeronautical engineer who designed fighter planes during World War II. The film is inspired by Tatsuo Hori’s novel of the same name, which is in turn based on Jiro Horikoshi’s life.

Set in pre-World War II Japan, the film follows Jiro’s passion for aviation since childhood and his dream of creating beautiful and innovative aircraft. Despite facing numerous obstacles, including his nearsightedness, Jiro perseveres and becomes a successful engineer.

Along the way, Jiro encounters Naoko (voiced by Miori Takimoto), a young woman who captures his heart. The two embark on a tender and touching love story amid the backdrop of a turbulent period in Japanese history.

“The Wind Rises” is a departure from typical Studio Ghibli fantasy films, focusing more on real-world events and human drama. It showcases Hayao Miyazaki’s storytelling prowess and artistic brilliance, with breathtaking animation and attention to detail.

The film’s emotional depth, poignant themes, and thought-provoking portrayal of ambition, love, and the impact of war make it a powerful and moving cinematic experience. It addresses complex ethical dilemmas faced by individuals working in wartime industries and the role of art and creativity in times of conflict.

While “The Wind Rises” was critically acclaimed, it also faced some controversy due to its portrayal of Jiro Horikoshi, whose work contributed to Japan’s war effort during World War II. Miyazaki’s interpretation of the historical figure as a dreamer who pursued his passion for aviation, while detached from the consequences of his inventions, sparked debates about the film’s message.

Despite the controversy, “The Wind Rises” remains a significant and compelling work in Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography, as it explores the complexities of creativity, love, and the human spirit in the face of challenging circumstances.

Overall, “The Wind Rises” is a visually stunning and emotionally resonant film that showcases the artistic brilliance of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s storytelling prowess. It is a thought-provoking and beautifully crafted tribute to the power of dreams and the complexities of life.

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  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $136.5 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Awards; Nominated Golden Globes
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  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producer: Toshio Suzuki
  • Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki

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