in about 100 words or less
Japan 126m, Colour
Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Cast: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura
The Wind Rises is an incredibly cinematic and elegantly scored animated account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, an aeronautical engineer who designed the “Zero” fighter plane for Japan during WWII. As a tragic love story, Miyazaki blends fact and fiction to create a heartwarming anti-war tale about a young man whose desire to become a pilot is thwarted by his poor eyesight, but whose dreams lead him to becoming one of Japan’s leading aircraft designers. This is a daring film that finds a beautiful balance through its portrayal of Jiro’s personal struggles and his professional achievements, and which tragically concludes that the fate of all he loved was beyond his control (Klaus Ming March 2015).