The Wind Rises (2014)



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

Movie Info

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

Rating: PG-13 (for some disturbing images and smoking)
Genre: Drama, Animation, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Hayao Miyazaki
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 2014
Box Office: $5.2M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site



as Jirô Horikoshi

as Naoko Satomi

as Kayo Horikoshi

as Hattori

as Castorp

as Kurokawa's Wife

as Satomi

as Caproni

as Jirô's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Wind Rises

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (40)

World-class animation, with obsessive attention lavished on the smallest, subtlest things

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

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?

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2014
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.

Full Review… | May 13, 2014
Sight and Sound

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2014

A rich treat for the eye and soul alike.

Full Review… | May 11, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Wind Rises


Miyazaki's farewell is this lyrical, more adult and very personal project that, though technically splendid and paying an incredible attention to details, may be more appealing to himself as an artist than to most people, with also too many dream scenes that make it feel a bit repetitive.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


'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.


Super Reviewer

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