The Wind Rises
Foreign Language / Drama / Animation
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Running time: 127 mins Released: 9th May 2014
About The Wind Rises
The legendary head of Studio Ghibli has chosen the story of aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi for his swan-song before he retires. Unlike previous Ghibli classics, there are no fantastical woodland creatures or mythical castles but as usual there is a stunning beauty in the sequences depicting magnificent jets and Jiro's childhood dreams of escaping his small countryside town. Eventually, Jiro (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes obsessed with aviation and enrols as an engineering student. While travelling home one day, he meets a girl named Naoko (Emily Blunt) who captures his heart. Spurred on by imaginary advice from visions of legendary plane designer Caproni (Stanley Tucci), Jiro strives to build aircraft that are as beautiful as they are efficient. But he cannot ignore the ugliness of their purpose in war zones.