Kaze tachinuFebruary 17, 2014
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Release Year: 2013
Rating: 8.0/10 (2,946 voted)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. 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, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.
Ikineba. (We must live.)
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Did You Know?
The protagonist Jirô Horikoshi is a fictional character made from a mix of the actual lives of Tatsuo Hori, the author of the short story of the same name, and Jirô Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero fighter aircraft. The title comes from Hori's translation of a quote from Paul Valéry's poem “Le cimetière marin”. See more »
Do not go into this movie, expecting Kiki or Castle in the Sky, because
it's not. It truly is something different by Miyazaki, and in a way it
pays an homage to Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies. However, it
provides the same inner warm feeling you expect when watching the
incredible animation of Studio Ghibli.
Kaze is sentimental drama, and during the entire 2 hour long run, you
will truly understand Jiro Horikoshi. This movie is insightful and will
leave you staring at the Japanese film credits long after the movie
finishes. It's packed with a familiar and breathtaking score from Joe
Hisaishi and still manages to provide the magical Ghibli moments that
people have become familiar with.
This is the only film I've ever written anything about, and probably
will be the only film I ever write a review about. This is Miyazaki at
his finest; perhaps not the imaginative super spiral that Spirited Away
was, but definitely a sentimental and powerful film that has a great
deal of messages; I think this was the movie that we were waiting for