In acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Hideaki Anno, co-director of the Evangelion series)—inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni—dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. 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 (Miori Takimoto), and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Writer/director Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Cast:

Voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Stephen Alpert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Mirai Shida

MPAA Rating:

PG-13

Run Time:

2hrs 7mins

Release Year:

2013

Country Of Origin:

Japan