Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Mae Whitman
Awards: Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Running Time: 126 minutes
In THE WIND RISES, Jiro (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (Stanley Tucci). 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 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 (Emily Blunt), and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo (John Krasinski).
Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
“To see “The Wind Rises” is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last.”-Kenneth Turan
“Perhaps the greatest animated film ever made.”-David Elrich, Film.com