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The Wind Rises (2014)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 139 | Rotten: 18

The Wind Rises is a fittingly bittersweet swan song for director Hayao Miyazaki.


Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 5

The Wind Rises is a fittingly bittersweet swan song for director Hayao Miyazaki.



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In "The Wind Rises," 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. -- (C) Studio Ghibli

Nov 18, 2014


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (139) | Rotten (18)

The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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When Jiro dreams, "Wind" soars; when he comes down to earth, the film can feel a bit stiff and murky. But then, that may be the point.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Reveals itself to be not just a drama about love, romance, aircraft, or war, but a drama of the very essence of humanity: why do we try to live?

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Fittingly, for a film that Miyazaki says will be his last, it's also something of a self-portrait in its depiction of a nearsighted, work-driven dreamer whose imagination soars above the rest.

June 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

"(The) good news is that the film is a flawed but still very enjoyable flight of fancy."

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled

A rich treat for the eye and soul alike.

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

If The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's final feature, it marks a suitably rich and strange exit for one of the giants of Japanese cinema.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

It's being billed as Hayao Miyazaki's last film. He can't leave us this way.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A celebration of craft, graft and inspiration, The Wind Rises is a final masterpiece from an industry legend - and a ballsy statement that animated wonder needn't be confined to genre ghettos.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4

For what he has said will be his final film, animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki tackles a controversial biopic that could just as easily have been shot in live action.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source:

The story has much in common with that of The First of the Few, Leslie Howard's 1942 stiff-upper-lip biopic of RK Mitchell, designer of the Supermarine Spitfire. But there is magic here.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It is a film with the elegant sweep of a David Lean epic as it unfolds in Japan between the wars.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

There is a wonderful gentleness and intelligent idealism to this animation by 73-year-old Hayao Miyazaki ...

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

Ultimately, Miyazaki fails to hold the responsibility-shy Horikisho to account...and suggest he has his head hidden in the clouds as much as the young aerial inventor.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The desecration of beautiful dreams is a ghost always lurking.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: The Skinny

Laced with poignancy and portent, Miyazaki's epic is an elegy for lost dreams - and a farewell befitting an animation master.

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

While Miyazaki's two-hour-long, historical-melodrama swansong is destined to be his most divisive film yet, it is also his most adult and interesting, and never less than visually breathtaking throughout.

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Gorgeously evocative visuals, lots about Horikoshi's devoted wife, but a marked reluctance to engage too deeply with the deadly purpose of his beautiful aircraft.

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The brilliant Wind Rises is another Miyazaki masterpiece - evidently his last. He couldn't have picked a more perfect way to sign off.

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Few directors would dare to put the dilemmas inherent in military aircraft design to the fore, but Miyazaki's film deals sensitively with the notion that good work may be used for bad ends.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

mature, romantic, grand storytelling

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for The Wind Rises

A aeronautical engineer dreams of building the perfect plane.
Slow and meandering, this film's central conflict is more technical than human, more a matter of engineering, an aspect into which the audience has no reference, than universal. While there are some sections in which we get fine interpersonal conflicts, the majority of the film involves Jiro conversing with his dream characters, and there's little to stand in the way of the love plot, thus little source for conflict.
Many critics have written about the film's beauty, and I can't see what they're referring to. Many times I thought that the film didn't take advantage of all the creative liberties that animation could allow.
Overall, when characters' central conflicts relate to their jobs, the audience must be able to participate in the suspense, and that's not the case with The Wind Rises.
March 9, 2014
Jim Hunter

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'The Wind Rises'. I'm left feeling like I'm mourning something beautiful. The animation is uniquely magical, with its painted backgrounds, sense of motion and emotion. The sound design is to be noted. Miyazaki's words are pure poetry at times. The romance, up there with the best this year.

"Hikoki-Gumo", the song that plays over the end credits, couldn't be any more perfect, sealing the melancholy of the prior 20 minutes right in.

Minor pacing issues keep it from being flawless.
February 23, 2014

Super Reviewer

Hayao Miyazak's final picture is a wonderful film about the life of Jiro, a dreamer of becoming a plane engineer, creating designs to fight in the war. Along the way, he has visions of a visionary plane engineer who has inspired him, and he meets a girl he knew from the past who does not have much time left. This film will bring tears to your eyes, purely out of the sheer truth it has surrounding it. It is surely deserving of it's Oscar nomination. The story is very well told, the American voice actors do a great job, and the visuals are fantastic as always. It may not be my favourite anime, but I really loved watching it. I do believe that the film would have been boring without the romantic subplot, so I am glad it was in there. Overall, it is genuine with all of it's intentions. "The Wind Rises" is a beautiful picture, I highly recommend this film.
February 23, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Hayao Miyazaki: I get inspiration from my everyday life.

The Wind Rises is a wonderful addition to Studio Ghibli's impressive library of anime features. With only a hint of fantastical elements, which mainly come in the form of dream sequences, The Wind Rises is really an animated biopic of a man responsible for designing Japanese fighter planes during WWII, but with a fictionalized focus on his personal life. There are numerous themes that the film attempts to explore, but even while it has a sense of melancholy to go with the main character's own sense of discovery, it stays back from the messy politics of it all. Really, this is a story of a man who had dreams of creating an ideal design and how he balanced his goals with the reality of life.

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