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This, it is said, is the last Miyazaki film. He has been such an exceptional, individual and magical film-maker that the great hope was that this film would not disappoint. It absolutely does not. It is the story of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Japanese Zero fighter, his early genius as a designer, his utter dedication to the work and his final success in building an outstanding and iconic plane. It is not, however, at all a film which glorifies war and the use to which the plane is put. Horikoshi is fascinated by design, flight, the wind, man's aspiration to be airborne, and the film taps into those in a lyrical, sometimes dream-like way (indeed, there are actual dream sequences). Structurally, it is somewhat episodic, but that does not matter ; there is always a feeling that this is about something 'bigger' and more fundamental than a literal story of the man's life and theplane itself. Parallel with Horikoshi's work is his relationship with Naoko, a girl he rescues from the Tokyo earthquake, and this is a sad story ultmately, providing a really moving but characteristically strange - and the better for it - ending. I can understand why some reviewers found this element in the film sentimental, but it worked for me. Visually, from its first moment to its last, the film is beautiful beyond words, and its beauty is underpinned by a very strong musical score. There is, in the end, no disappointment here, only the stamp of a unique master at work.
I LOVE this. true it doesn't have wolves and dragons or ghosts or phantoms or Cat Buses. What it does have though is the quintessential proof that Mayao can tell a story - and tell it beautifully. This is a fairly simple tale but it flows along at an even pace. I did ask myself "why do this as an animation rather than live action?" and the answer is obvious - Proves what a wonderful animator he is. The characters are utterly convincing. It is so seamlessly flawless that it is easy to forget just how difficult it is to make a 2D drawing come to life an be convincing. The pictures are sublime, a total treat for the eyes.
Do yourself a favour and buy this, just to give yourself a total escape for a few hours.
This happens to be my personal favourite of all the Studio Ghibli animated films - a fanciful, fictionalised biopic of the man who designed the Zero fighter plane in the years leading up to World War Two. It seems an unlikely subject for mainstream animation, but this 2013 film (directed by Hayao Miyazaki) is really impressively staged, and a fascinating slice of aviation history. It has a running time of about two hours too.
I had initially seen ‘The Wind Rises’ in Japanese, with subtitles, on Film Four - so I was pleased to see that this DVD has both the original language version and a good English dubbed option. Other extras include some storyboard sequences and trailers.
I would never have believed that a cartoon film could be so beautiful and so affecting. It's an astonishing achievement. Nor would I have believed that the life story of a guy who designed a fighter aircraft could be so moving. The quality of drawing and animation is superb and the story itself is told with great lyricism and depth. Really it has very little to do with the Zero fighter, it's essentially about the wonder of flight and the inherent beauty of clever engineering. The chief character, Jiro, is a strange child who grows into an equally strange but gifted aeronautical engineer, pursuing his dream through turbulent and terrible times in Japan. We also follow his lifetime romance which begins with a chance encounter very early in his career and seems doomed from the start, but the outcome is strangely uplifting. Brilliant film, essential viewing for anyone with a heart.
This is a delight. Worth watching for the artwork and quality of the animation alone. Also a very interesting story, not only of Jiro the aircraft designer, but also for the beautiful depiction of historical events and details. I enjoyed it most in Japanese with English subtitles as the sound of the English language version jarred with the Japanese visuals. Also I am hard of hearing so I am used to relying on subtitles.
I'm a fan of Studio Ghibli, especially of Hayao Miyazaki, & have collected almost all of the films. I didn't think anything could top Howl's Moving Castle, my favourite, in terms of its perfect blend of fantastical story & stunning visuals but, I was wrong. This has surpassed that: I absolutely LOVED it!
This has more depth as it's based on the real life Japanese airplane designer. The fantastical dream sequences blend into the biographical narrative perfectly &, more-or-less, the whole gamut of human emotion is experienced throughout this film.
If this IS Hayao Miyazaki's final film, it's a masterpiece that crowns, & epitomises, the career of a uniquely, talented maker of meaningful films: not JUST anime, or even animation!
Ever seen a film that doesn't warrant a particular emotion or response and you just sit there quietly with a plain face until that film is done? You don't speak, or move or blink. You just watch it in it's entirety and then realize that you just watched one of the best films in your life.
This describes my experience for this masterpiece. I really hope we get to see at least one more film by the god Hayao Miyazaki is because this was excellent.
I don't normally write reviews but I had to for this film. I think the last few minutes are one of my favourite moments in film it's so beautiful.
Anyone who knows Miyazaki san's other movies knows he has a fascination with flight. Here it takes centre stage in the tender tale of Jiro, the designer of wartime planes including the famous zero fighter.
The movie has a dreamlike feel to it and carries a powerful anti war message without ever being preachy and a love story without being slushy. Sad in places (but no grave of the fireflies) the film may not appeal to younger children looking for a Ponyo or Tottoro but for older children and adults looking for something different this is a great choice.
The English dub is fine but Id recommend watching the original Japanese dub if you can.
I'd also recommend kingdom of dreams and madness, a feature length documentary about the making of this movie which is truly interesting and a fitting swan song for a great film maker.
Das Problem in den Erwartungen an Miyazaki ist, dass er sich bei jeden Film neu übertreffen muss, damit der neue Film das Prädikat "Meisterwerk" bekommt. "The wind rises" ist eine animierte Biographie zu dem Flugzeugingenieur Jiro Horikoshi. Aufgrund von Miyazaki's eigenen Bezug zu Flugzeugen, wollte er mit TWR seinen letzten Film ganz anders machen und hebt sich eindeutig von den gewohnten Filmen ab.
Der Anime ist trist, wie bunt zugleich. Ich hatte keine Erwartungen an Action oder Fantastik. Man konzentriert sich einfach nur auf die Charaktere in einem historischen Umfeld. Neben Jiro's Traum, das perfekte Flugzeug zu entwickeln, steht seine Liebe zu Nahoko. Beide Figuren sind Erwachsen und werden mit weltlichen Problemen wie Krankheit konfrontiert. Eine Sache der den Anime zu einem Anime für Erwachsene macht. Allein das Ende wäre nicht Kindgerecht, weil Weltkrieg und Krankheit, die Figuren stark prägen werden. Der Anime ist in seiner Handlung eine Tragödie und herzerreißend genug, um ihn zweisam anzusehen. Der Bezug auf den Kontext der Geschichte geht nicht ins Detail, aber es ist auch gar nichts verfälschtes dabei, sei es das Erdbeben von 1923 oder die Tatsache, das Jiro's Inspiration Hugo Junkers war, welcher selbst im Konflikt mit dem NS Regieme stand.
Um zum Thema zu Miyazaki's Vergleich mit seinen anderen Werken zurück zu kommen, tut man TWR ein Unrecht. Kein Ghibli Film basiert auf das selbige Universum. Es sind nur andere stillistische Mittel. "Spirited Away" wurde sehr hoch gelobt aber kein Schwein versteht die zahlreichen japanisch-mythischen Bilder, vor die der Film nur so strotzt. Es ist nicht fair, Ghibli nur an "Spirited Away" oder "Howl’s Moving Castle" zu bemessen. Wer übermäßig Unterhalten werden will, sollte von TWR ablassen. Jeder Ghibli Film ist kunstvoll. Langweilig gibt es nicht. Es ist in Miyazaki's Interesse, dass sein letzter Film sich wieder dem Thema Flugzeuge widmet und das Liebe unter reellen Umständen nachempfunden wird.