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The Wind Rises

04 May

The Wind Rises DVD coverDirected by Hayao Miyazaki for Studio Ghibli, The Wind Rises is a fictionalized account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the aeronautics engineer who designed the infamous Zero fighters used to attack Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Some viewers dislike the film for its fiction (Jiro’s wife did not die of tuberculosis, for instance), some for its pacing, some for its glossing-over of the death and destruction his planes caused. There was offense at the way his wife was portrayed, and offense at the way he treated her. Some viewers were either offended on Jiro’s behalf, thinking the added fictions dishonored him, and some were offended that the creator of the Zero was the focus of an animated film.

Regardless of detractors, the hand-drawn animation and the beautiful colors are beyond excellent. There’s a night scene in Germany where the elongated and distorted shadows of men running through the streets are stunning in their realism, and the clouds throughout the film are nigh photo-realistic.

The story — which borrowed heavily from an unrelated novel, The Wind Has Risen, by Tatsuo Hori — is interesting, and the dialogue is often sharp and funny.

It’s an homage to love and dreamers, and is a film well worth seeing.

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4 responses to “The Wind Rises

  1. Josbons

    May 5, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I find your blog very interesting. will visit often

     
    • Keanan

      May 5, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Thanks! I hope you do!

       
  2. Mirtika

    May 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Coincidence. Just saw this and I had put this film at the top of my DVD rental queue just this week.

     
    • Keanan

      May 7, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      If you haven’t already seen it, I do believe you’ll like it. 🙂

       

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