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2,302 Ratings

The Wind Rises

Kaze tachinu

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan, 2013
Animation, Biography, Drama


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

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The Wind Rises Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
If you want to know why good old-fashioned hand-drawn animation is aesthetically superior to its digital counterpart, look no further than here: the painstaking work required to produce Miyazaki’s breathtaking 2-D images lends the film a human touch—and consequently a sense of warmth—that the digital behemoths of Hollywood cannot match. Everything about THE WIND RISES feels handcrafted and deeply satisfying—like a good craft beer.
May 29, 2015
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I’ve seen few movies that know themselves as well as this one, and none that were confident enough to survive such awareness with such grace. Like its protagonist, Jiro Horikoshi, inventor of the Zero plane, the movie is smart enough to understand its own tragic implications and honest enough about its commitment to beauty to continue regardless. Everything that makes The Wind Rises uncomfortable is a result of this honesty.
May 22, 2014
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While it’s very unlike Spirited Away in most respects, it’s similarly fascinating and baffling, with wild narrative lurches and seeming non sequiturs. It’s Miyazaki’s most atypical cartoon, yet it might be his most personal self-representation, a portrait of the artist as a myopic dreamer.
May 09, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    This is the kind of film Kurosawa used to make in between samurai films: deeply humane portraits of society's supporting players. The theme of trying to live one's life outside (or in spite of) a historical fissure aches with feeling—if this is a "kids' movie", it's the most morally complicated ever made. Miyazaki's animation is rich, taking history partway (but not too far) into fantasy. A masterpiece.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    Why is everybody smoking so much cigarettes in a cartoon? Even the young people! Maybe that's why Nahoko gets lung disease.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    Miyazaki seems more upset that the war destroyed these beautiful fighter planes than the actual lives snuffed out or upended by conflict. That the film downplays the human or political elements of the story is surprising, especially as Miyazaki has broached the same themes more forcefully in his fantasy work. It's a shame because the animation is incredible, & the film is full of images that are poetic & dreamlike.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    Rather formulaic for Miyazaki, but indicative of his love of planes. He is at his best when pushing the envelope instead of simply embracing the studio archetype. Nonetheless, this is disciplined, articulate narrative cinema with historical verve and a depth of creation representative of a master of the craft.

  • Luis Pires's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    Two hours of pure beauty with the most overwhelming animation, as always. Miyazaki's la(te)st work is a masterpiece in so many different ways, no matter how you look at it. The master of animation, with that usual asian sensitivity regarding human emotions, delivers an amazing piece that will have you experience the whole spectrum of sensations, sometimes simultaneously. Just brilliant.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    A tender, touching valediction from a master craftsman, The Wind Rises, like so much of Miyazaki's work, deals gently with fraught subject-matter, ruefully acknowledging the complicity of artists and other dreamers with those who would turn their unworldly dreams to all-too-worldly, deadly ends. The same wind that lifts us up crashes us back to earth, but not soaring is no option at all.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    It’s to Miyazaki’s credit that despite making a film heavily set in the ‘real’ world, it’s as fantastical as the rest of his oeuvre. A fantasy rooted on mankind’s endless search for beauty. A deeply human swan song, in which the violence of men is but touched upon, while nature’s violence (sickness, earthquakes) is an opportunity for solidarity and love. This is how the world looks when you only wish to see beauty.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film The Wind Rises

    It's unreal what this man can do. Miyazaki can do no wrong. It's interesting that his final film is perhaps his strangest as it is the most deceptively simple. It's a biopic that serves as a tribute both to an astounding "artist" and to Japan itself. The final scene of his career is among his vert best. I shed tears not only as the story came to an end, but as one of cinema's greatest heroes bid farewell. Loved it.

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