THE WIND RISES Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Voices of: Hideaki Anno. Hidetoshi Nishijima. Miori Takimoto. Masahiko Nishimura. Mansai Nomura. Inspiration unlocks the future.
Jiro Horikoshi on a fateful train ride dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Giovanni Battista Caprioni. Near sighted 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 Jiro’s life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s entering into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Naoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo who voices sentiments of Japan’s cultural inferiority and longing for German efficiency, wealth and tobacco, Jiro tries to keep out of it, lost in a world of his own dreams and calculations. The Wind Rises (title taken from Paul Valery’s poem “The Graveyard By The Sea): The wind is rising…we must try to live, is really a love story. Jiro meets Naoko on a fateful train journey, when a gust of wind carries his hat away for her to catch. A second meeting, years later, mirrors the scene and the same wise and playful wind lifts away her parasol in the mountains for him to catch and return the initial interception.
There is a beautiful tender moment which shows Jiro working while holding Naoko’s hand, it perfectly expresses their relationship better than any dialogue could do. Their initial courtship is conducted by Jiro with paper airplanes which he launches toward her balcony. Despite Naoko’s fragility, she suffers from tuberculosis from which she is trying to recover by going
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