Stills from Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’
365 day movie challenge | 39. The Wind Rises (2013) ★★★★★
“Le vent se lève! Il faut tenter de vivre! The wind is rising! We must try to live!”
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.
My thoughts; This may have been the best movie I’ve seen so far since I’ve started this thing. The animation was beautiful, not that I expected anything less from Hayao Miyazaki, and the story line was intense yet lighthearted at the same time. The whole movie is a whopping two hours, though it passes by very quickly because you never want it to end. There’s a bitter sweetness about the whole thing that’ll make you cry (even in the theater like me!), especially when you start to think that this is Miyazaki’s last movie.
I just got back from seeing The Wind Rises and am still kind of processing things. I won’t say too much about the movie, since I know a lot of people on here probably want to see it and haven’t yet, but I will say that the music is absolutely amazing, as the music of Miyazaki’s films tend to be. This particular theme repeats itself over and over throughout the movie, utilizing different instruments each time, each version perfectly matching its scene. Dreamy, sad, wistful, marvelous. Give it a listen.