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The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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Dramatizes the life of Jiro Horikoshi as he designs modern fighter planes against the backdrop of Japan's national tragedies in the years between World War I and World War II.
Publisher: Burbank, California : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, [2014]
Edition: High definition
Call Number: TEEN BLU F WIND
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 16, 2020

The Wind Rises is a story about the japanese character Jiro Horikoshi, an engineer who has a passion for creating planes. I thought that this movie also had a very cute love story that was a big part of the film. It was able to show his blossoming love life and the struggles he had to go through when his loved one got sick. Miyazaki did a great job telling a story where the main character was able to achieve and follow his dream and passion as well as having a love life, which I thought was romantic. When watching the movie, the animation was also very pleasing to the eye, there were some notable scenes that were beautiful to watch! ⅘ rating.
@minimonie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli. I enjoyed watching this because it has stunning animation, loveable characters and intriguing story. I would recommend this film to teens 15 and up. It was a great movie. I was deeply moved by watching this. It is an old story and the surrounding culture is quite different. It was the most amazing animation, beautiful and it was quite moving. This film accurately portrays the issues at the times of war and the types of conflicts that exist. Rating: 3/5
@PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 31, 2020

Beautiful and touching.

For those who are waiting for this DVD it is now on Netflix as well.

Aug 21, 2020


May 10, 2020

It’s long and rather dragging. More like biography style but it’s not. The plot is flat. The end is going nowhere. But it’s not too bad.

Feb 25, 2020

I have loved other, previous, Miyazaki productions, but this one is his crowning glory (my opinion). The depth and beauty of the artistry was so splendid that my eyes spilled some tears now and then. The story is based on a true story and was as tender and sensitive as the magnificent visual artwork.

LPL_BeckyB Nov 27, 2019

This is the fictionalized account of Jiro Horikoshi, the primary designer of the Japanese Zero fighter plane. It is a subtle remonstrance of war, a romance, and an affirmation of life. Compelling story and mesmerizing animation. Nominated for an Academy Award.

Aug 06, 2019

This isn't a typical animated film: its a serious drama. The narrative structure is modernist, with unmarked jumps into dream sequences, and jumps back and forth through time (especially in the first half). The character development and their development through relationships drive the story forward. Pursuing a vocation, doing one's duty, following a dream, loving in spite of fate are all explored in this excellent film.

Apr 30, 2019

This is obviously a passion project for Myazaki (the name of his studio, "Ghibli", is shared by the name of one of the planes designed by Giovanni Caproni, who figures prominently in this film). It reminds me in tone and subject of Grave of the Fireflies, one of Studio Ghibli's earliest, and most heartbreaking films. It unfolds languorously, and has a beautifully surreal feeling to it, thanks to the multiple dream sequences. Like Grave of the Fireflies, this film humanizes the face of Taisho period Japan without making excuses for the militarism that drove that country to unspeakable acts.

Apr 18, 2019

Studio Ghibli puts out such amazing stories and this one is no exception. It's not the action packed adventures many have grown to expect (Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Nausicaa, and so on). This story is more in the My Neighbor Totoro category (but more real; there's no fantastical creatures). The story follows the life and ill fated romance of Jiro, an aeronotical engineer in the mid to late 30's. It's interesting to see some of the interactions with the Germans. There's many side characters that I grew to love in the story. "Engineers make dreams reality."

Mar 01, 2019

The Miyazaki films that I love, I really LOVE!!! Those would be #1 Spirited Away, #2 Princess Mononoke, #3 Howl's Moving Castle, #4 Arietty, #5 Castle In the Sky, and then a whole bunch of others that I also love but to a lesser degree. Then there are what I consider Miyazakis slightly homely children; these movies suffer from things he couldn't control like the cheap, cheesy, dominant style of animation that was in demand at the close of the last century, to things he could have controlled, like overly long and confusing plots. I rank "The Wind Rises" as one of the homely children, but maybe the LEAST homely. It's relatively recent, so the animation has the polish that so impressed me about my favorites of his, and the story is nice, very sad, but nice. Unfortunately the story line just didn't grab and hold me the way it does in the films of his that I like best.

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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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