The Wind Rises

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Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 9, 2013 6:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:126
Director:Hayao Miyazaki
Producer:Toshio Suzuki
Koji Hoshino
Screenwriter:Takeshi Seyama
Editor:Takeshi Seyama
Cast:Hideaki Anno
Miori Takimoto
Hidetoshi Nishijima
Masahiko Nishimura
Mirai Shida
Stephen Alpert
Morio Kazama
Keiko Takeshita


In Japanese with English subtitles. Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers.

The Wind Rises chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that affected deeply the course of Jiro’s life, including The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, The Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic, and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo, and innovates tremendously, leading the aviation world into the future.

Hayao Miyazaki brings together the engineer Jiro Horikoshi and the author Tatsuo Hori, who lived during the time of the story of The Wind Rises, to create Jiro, a fictional character at the center of an epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

Additional Information

Born in 1941 in Tokyo. After graduating from Gakushuin University in 1963 with a degree in Political Science and Economics, he joined Toei Animation Company as an animator. He worked under the director Isao Takahata for scene planning and key animation for the production of The Little Norse Prince Valiant (1968). He then moved to the animation studio A Production with Takahata in 1971 where he worked on the original concept, screenplay, layout design and key animation for Panda! Go Panda! (1972). He worked at various studios such as Zuiyo Eizo, Nippon Animation, and Telecom, and did scene planning and layout designs for the TV series Heidi, A Girl of the Alps (1974) and From the Apennines to the Andes (1976), and directed his first TV series Conan, The Boy in the Future (1978). He debuted as director of a theatrical feature with The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). In 1984, Miyazaki wrote and directed his feature Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, based on his original graphic novel which had been serialized in the monthly animation magazine Animage.

Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Takahata, and has directed eight feature films since. His film Spirited Away (2001) broke every box office record in Japan, and garnered many awards, including the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2003 U.S. Academy Awards, and Howl's Moving Castle (2004) received the Osella Award at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. Miyazaki was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. Ponyo (2008) marks his latest directorial effort. He also contributed to the planning and wrote the screenplay for the two most recent Ghibli films The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) and From Up on Poppy Hill (2011). His new film The Wind Rises was released in July 2013 in Japan.