The Wind Rises [2 Disc] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2013]

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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (328 out of 338)

Special Features


  • The wind rises: behind the microphone
  • An inside look at the team of talented actors and filmmakers who created the english-dubbed version of The Wind Rises
  • Storyboards
  • Original Japanese trailers and tv spots
  • Announcement of the completion of the film

Synopsis


The Wind Rises
An aviation-obsessed engineer named Jirô Horikoshi (Hideaki Anno) has loved the aesthetics, spirit, and science of flight for as long as he can remember. For years he's been designing and building his dream plane, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, and it's finally completed. But Jiro's dreams come crashing down when he learns, to his horror, that his creation will be used for combat in World War II., Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Hideaki Anno - Jirô Horikoshi (Japanese language version)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Jirô Horikoshi (English language version)
  • Emily Blunt
    Emily Blunt - Naoko Satomi (English language version)
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima
    Hidetoshi Nishijima - Honjô (Japanese language version)
  • John Krasinski
    John Krasinski - Honjô (English language version)



Customer rating

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98%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Story of Dreams

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    Dval
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    Genre: Drama, Romance Length: 127 minutes "Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world's most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Bring home the film that has dazzled fans and critics around the globe. Bursting off the screen with spectacular picture and sound and featuring fascinating bonus material, Miyazaki's masterpiece, The Wind rises, is breathtaking on Blu-ray!" The description for this one is pretty spot on. Was kind of disappointed that none of the prior 31 reviews really said much more than 2-3 sentences on the movie and most just focus on it being from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. This one was a 2013 Academy Award nominee, but it should have won. Doubt we'll ever see an anime-title win besides Spirited Away which is such a shame as it's hard to argue that American films have better stories. The Wind Rises is a movie about the life of Jiro; and it covers his life in most of its entirety from his dreams of flying as a kid to going through the great Kanto earthquake, falling in love, and building the plane of his dreams. The story covers a LOT and moves at a break-neck speed. But, though-out it all, I never felt that it was rushed. With the backdrop of Japan jumping into World War II with Germany, there's an ominous air at times, but the movie doesn't let that take hold as Jiro's dream is at the forefront. While The Wind Rises might not end on the note that most would want, it is what it is. It played out perfectly in my mind. The Wind Rises has become my favorite Ghibli film to date!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got it on sale too!

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    MovieGuyZ
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    I had purchased a couple of missing titles from my Studio Ghibli Bluray collection and I was very delighted to pick up "The Wind Rises". It's not to everybody's taste, but the film shows some terrific artwork and really puts to use the best of Studio Ghibli's hyper detailed and impressive animation techniques. Small details like hair, grass, ruffled papers, and debris really pop out of the screen and immerses you into the film. The story is usually the sticking point with this title as it's one of Ghibli's more realistic tales that's almost a complete autobiography if not for a few alterations and elaborations. If you simply want to marvel at some of the best Studio Ghibli artwork in history, then this is a definite must have. For story, I would have to say that if you're comfortable dealing with heavy subjects like the morality of war and historical consequence, then this is a thought provoking and powerful tale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not my favorite, but still an interesting Miyazaki

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    UnderscoreThis
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    Been a huge of Studio Ghobli and Miyazaki since we watched Spirited Away. Instantly when out to get all that we could. Each one of his films was amazing and got better with each viewing. This one did not grab me the same way. We found ourselves asking questions through out which kept us from fully diving into the fantasy we have come to expect from his films. As a fan I am glad we have it and will keep it, however I do not find myself looking forward to watching this one multiple times. If you want to get into the Studio Ghibli works of Miyazaki and have not seen anything yet, I do not recommend this one as your first choice. Watch Spirited Away and then move on to the others.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fine movie for older viewers

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    Nick
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    The subject matter may seem unusual - a biopic (with a lot of dramatic license) about Jiro Horikoshi, the engineer who modernized Japanese aviation and whose work resulted in the "Zero", the infamous kamikaze plane of WWII. But Jiro is a young man who dreams of making beautiful airplanes... and who regrets that things of beauty are so often corrupted. The use of his planes for warfare is paralleled by the story thread of his wife Naoko, a beauty whose health is destroyed by tuberculosis. Not a kiddie cartoon (although I wouldn't prevent a child from seeing it), but a bittersweet tribute to dreams and dreamers. Have Kleenex close at hand, and prepare for some of the most astounding animation of aircraft in flight you'll ever see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Animated Biography

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    Annar
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    Although traditional Miyazaki style and story-telling, this is not a children's movie. The film is an embellished biography of a young, Japanese engineer whose eyesight is too bad for him to become a pilot. Instead he designs the Zero fighter used in WWII. The film focuses on his love of airplanes and documents many of the trials and troubles that he and the world encounter on the cusp of war. It is heart-string tugging and interesting from a historical standpoint, there are many instances you can cross reference events from the film with real life events. A fascinating journey, beautiful animation, and definitely has re-watch value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Done, but Melancholy Story

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    Videmus
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    This is a very well done tale about the inspiration of a key engineer developing airplane designs before and during WWII in Japan. The art and composition of the scenes is truly brilliant. Additionally, the character development is compelling, which is truly one of the heart wrenching aspects of the movie. The characters are developed so well that the viewer truly cares for their plights, successes, hardships, triumphs, and tragedies. This movie is well worth the money and time to watch, but will probably leave the viewer with a slightly melancholy sadness over the outcome for the main character.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful film recommended for Teens and Up

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    CosmicDuality
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    First off, I've been a fan of studio Ghibli for quite some time so I was expecting to like the movie. What I wasn't expecting, however, is that it is in my top 3 favorite movies of the year! Given the subject matter, I would not recommend the movie for young children as I find they wouldn't understand much or become bored. As always, the animation is beautiful but what really stands out is the story, which is filled with so much emotion, you really find yourself caring about the characters and even tearing up at parts. At times uplifting and others sad. Definitely a must see, especially for a different perspective on a time of war.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An interesting story told in anime format

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    ShoyuChicken
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    A semi-pseudo historical documentary drama loosely based on the real life of Jiro Horikoshi... a Japanese Airplane engineer and designer of the Mitsubishi Zero A5M Fighter Plane during World War II. Rather than get into the politics of war... this anime focuses more on Jiro's fascination with designing planes. It also has a little bit of a romance story thrown in. There is no action in this film, but mostly drama and outstanding animation with characters who seem real. The Wind Rises is an interesting story that happens to be told in anime format.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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