The Wind Rises

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The Wind Rises
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Genre: Drama
Historical
War
Romance
Tragedy
Photography: Color
Running Time: 126 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: July 20, 2013
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Miori Takimoto
Hidaeki Anno
Hidetoshi Nishijima
Steve Alpert
Masahiko Nishimura
Morio Kazama
Mirai Shida
Keiko Takeshita
Shinobu Otake
Jun Kunimura
Nomura Mansai
Previous film: N/A
Next film: N/A

The Wind Rises is a historical drama Japanese animated film.  It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, musically composed by Joe Hisaishi, cinematography by Atsushi Okui, edited by Takeshi Seyama, distributed by Toho, produced by Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli, and starred Hidaeki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nijijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Steve Albert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Mirai Shida, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, and Nomura Mansai.  It's based on a novel called The Wind Has Risen which was written by Tatsuo Hori.  

Why It Rocks

  1. The story is very unique not only for Ghibli films but for anime in general.  
  2. Excellent animation.  
  3. This is probably the most sophisticated and grounded story that Hayao Miyazaki has ever told.  
  4. Good voice acting.  
  5. The movie tells a beautiful story about early aviation, which is a very passionate topic for Hayao Miyazaki.  
  6. Great soundtrack.  
  7. The two main characters, Jiro Horikoshi and Naoko Satomi have amazing on-screen chemistry as a romantic couple, and you want to see them end up together.  
  8. Appealing character designs.  
  9. The wedding scene probably the best and most emotional scenes in the entire movie.  
  10. All of the characters are likable and interesting.  
  11. The main character, Jiro, is based on a real Japanese aeronautical engineer who built planes that they used during World War 2.  When the movie came out there was a lot of controversy surrounding making him the main character, due to what his planes ended up doing in the end, but the movie makes it clear that all he wants to do is create and innovate, and that it's other people who use his creations for destructive purposes.  
  12. The dream sequenses are spectacular.  

Bad Qualities

  1. While most of the voice acting is good, the one bad one is Hidaeki Anno, the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion.  The guy is a great writer and director, but he isn't a very good voice actor.  He doesn't know how to show emotions through his voice, and it really shows whenever Jiro, the main character, is talking.  
  2. While the dream sequences are great, they could have used better transitions between them and reality.  Sometimes it's hard to tell where the dream sequences starts and ends.  
  3. Odd pacing, especially regarding timeskips.  

Reception

The Wind Rises has a 89% critic rating and an 84% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.9/5 on Letterboxd, a 7.8/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB), an 82% community approval rating on Kitsu, and a 4/5 on AnimePlanet.  

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