The Wind Rises


The Wind Rises (2014)


Critic Consensus: 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


Hideaki Anno
as Jirô Horikoshi (Japanese language version)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as Jirô Horikoshi
Emily Blunt
as Nahoko Satomi
Martin Short
as Kurokawa
Miori Takimoto
as Naoko Satomi (Japanese language version)
Hidetoshi Nishijima
as Honjô (Japanese language version)
Mae Whitman
as Kayo Horikoshi
Masahiko Nishimura
as Kurokawa (Japanese language version)
Jennifer Grey
as Mrs. Kurokawa
Mirai Shida
as Kayo Horikoshi (Japanese language version)
Darren Criss
as Katayama
Ronan Farrow
as Mitsubishi Employee
Jun Kunimura
as Hattori (Japanese language version)
Zach Callison
as Young Jirô
Steve Alpert
as Castorp (Japanese language version)
Madeleine Rose Yen
as Young Nahoko
David Cowgill
as Flight Engineer
Eva Bella
as Young Kayo
Shinobu Ôtake
as Kurokawa's Wife (Japanese language version)
Edie Mirman
as Jirô's Mother
Morio Kazama
as Satomi (Japanese language version)
Mansai Nomura
as Caproni (Japanese language version)
Mirai Shida
as Kayo Horikoshi (Japanese language version)
Keiko Takeshita
as Jirô's Mother (Japanese language version)
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Critic Reviews for The Wind Rises

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (43)

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

Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness.

Mar 13, 2014 | Full Review…

At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play.

Feb 28, 2014

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.

Feb 28, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic.

Feb 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.

Feb 27, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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
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
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


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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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