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!