|THE WIND RISES (director/writer: Hayao Miyazaki; screenwriters: based on the manga “Kaze Tachinu” by Miyazaki/novel by Tatsuo Hori; editor: Koji Kasamatsu; music: Joe Hisaishi; cast: Voices: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Stephen Alpert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Mirai Shida, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, Mansai Nomura, Zach Callison; Runtime: 126; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Toshio Suzuki; Touchstone Pictures; 2013-Japan-Japanese with English subtitles)|
|"It's not the director's best,
much meandering off course, but
it's still a fine work of animation."
by Dennis Schwartz
animation master Hayao Miyazaki ("Porco
Rosso"/"Ponyo on the Cliff"/"My
Neighbor Totoro") creates a beautiful, powerful and
sentimental lyrical film about aviation that
tells us life is but a dream (his father worked
during the war in the aviation industry). But the pic
is hampered by a slow-moving second half, it's
overlong at 126 minutes, the soft-pedaling of its
daring attempt to make the builder of bombers used in
Pearl Harbor's sneak attack as a hero for a film
because its box office depends a lot on the West, and
its muddled mixture of an upbeat fanciful story with a
bleak realistic story.
based on the 2009 manga “Kaze Tachinu” by
Miyazaki and on Tatsuo Hori’s
novel of the same name. The great director of
thirty years, co-founder of Studio
Ghibli, has saddened the cinema world by mentioning
that this will be his last film. Its title is
derived from a Paul Valery poem with the words "the
wind is rising." The inspiration for the pic is from
Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the
Zero fighter plane used in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
story revolves around Jiro Horikoshi
(Zach Callison as a youngster, Hideaki Anno as an
adult), a naive but curious
bespectacled young man living in rural Japan, who as a
youth dreamed of being a pilot but poor eyesight
brought him to Tokyo to instead study aeronautical
engineering. He was encouraged to do so by the great
Italian aeronautic inventor Caprione (Mansai
Nomura) he meets in his dream world and
who acts as his mentor. After
graduation Jiro works at an aircraft
company and will eventually, after many setbacks,
work his way up to the top of his field to design
the World War II Mitsubishi Zero Fighter plane.
of making the world a better place through
technology comes crashing down however as he becomes
haunted that his plane is used for killing purposes
in World War II, but he offers only regrets and no
apologies for his actions.
The pic shows the horrific Great Kanto earthquake in 1923. It also features an invented banal romance Jiro has with the delicate Naoko ((Miori Takimoto), whom he meets in a tuberculosis mountain retreat.
film's theme song Airplane Cloud, plays throughout.
not the director's best, too much meandering off
course, but it's still a fine work of animation.
REVIEWED ON 12/10/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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