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Kaze tachinu (2013)

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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
Hidetoshi Nishijima ...
Honjô (voice)
Miori Takimoto ...
Naoko Satomi (voice)
Masahiko Nishimura ...
Kurokawa (voice)
Mansai Nomura ...
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Hattori (voice)
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Kayo Horikoshi (voice)
Shinobu Ôtake ...
Kurokawa's Wife (voice)
Morio Kazama ...
Satomi (voice)
Keiko Takeshita ...
Jirô's Mother (voice)
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Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
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Honjô (voice)
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Nahoko Satomi (voice)
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Kurokawa (voice)
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Caproni (voice)
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Storyline

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. Written by Official site

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Taglines:

Ikineba. (We must live.)


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Hayao Miyazaki Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 810,775,632 (Japan), 27 July 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$313,751, 23 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,209,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,454,220
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first time Hideaki Anno (voice of Jiro) has acted in a full length feature animated film. His animation production company, Studio Khara also provided animation support. See more »

Goofs

After the heavy rainstorm, Jiro folds the umbrella that he and Nahoko walked under, but the umbrella shows no sign of being wet once the sun shines and Nahoko's father appears. See more »

Quotes

Caproni: Airplanes are beautiful, cursed dreams, waiting for the sky to swallow them up.
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Soundtracks

Hikouki-gumo
Written by Yumi Matsutôya (as Arai Yumi)
Performed by Yumi Matsutôya (as Arai Yumi)
Courtesy of Toshiba EMI (Universal Music Japan)
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Definitely Oscar worthy.
23 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

So when I first saw that an anime called the Wind Rises was coming to theaters I could not wait to see it simply because it was an anime coming to theaters. I had no idea what the movie was about, but when I saw the movie, I discovered it was about one of my Favorite subjects, Airplanes.

It's a very simple story that could have been done in Live-action. Jirou who as a boy met his hero, airplane designer, Caproni in his dreams was inspired to become an airplane designer. Years later Jirou lives his dreams and designs airplanes for a manufacturer who sells his beautiful designs to be used for the Ugly art of War. Jirou also fines love in the movie with a young girl name Naoko. All the characters in the movie who supported Jirou, from his little bratty sister, to his firm but fair boss, to his best friend and rival at work. They all help to make you feel like Jirou had a real posh life. I also loved how the story gives us a perspective of Japan pre-World War 2 through the life of Jirou.

All of this could have been done in live action, but the craftsmanship of fame director Hayao Miyazaki makes you think otherwise. The animation takes a very surrealistic approach to telling this drama without making it seem cartoonish like Mickey Mouse. The scene portraying the great Kanto earthquake of 1923 made the ground feel like it was coming to life as a giant wave just took out an entire city. The Dream sequences worked very elegantly, just naturally seeming through. And the planes! the animation team did a great job of making the entire layout of the airplanes look fantastic.

I've seen dramatic anime where the animation does nothing to push the story along but Mr. Miyaazaki did fine work to make sure that was not the case. It's been forever since I've seen a 2D moving illustration on the big screen, it felt a little weird, but this was definitely the movie to bring us all back to that. Someone told me that Hayao Miyazaki may retire after this one as he feels he can't top this. I will not disagree, because this one is excellent.


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