I have always been a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s many anime films.  I was instantly interested in watching The Wind Rises when I first watched the trailer, which pretty much displayed the very soul of the film itself.  When I watched the film, I was completely overwhelmed at the visual effects and dramatic storyline.  I also liked the historical references it made such as the immense earthquake that struck Japan in 1923.  In many ways, I could connect with the main character, Jiro Horikoshi, because of the way he pursued his dreams.  When I found out who was playing the English cast, I did not know what to expect or if they would do an adequate performance, but the voice actors such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt exceeded my expectations.  In particular, Martin Short’s character reminded me of some of the roles the actor Joe Pesci played, which was often a short, smart-mouthed individual.  Overall, I would recommend this anime to anyone who seeks to have their imagination take flight and inspiration ignited.


  1. I am a big Miyazaki fan, too! The first movie I experienced was Spirited Away and in a snap, I was in love. Once you have seen Miyazaki’s work, you can immediately identify similar themes (and even characters) within his movies and it’s like he has this whole universe you just want to explore. I would go on but I know you know what I mean. Haha cheers!

  2. I didn’t know it had an English name or was released abroad. Glad you enjoyed it. Did you cry at the end? I was disappointed that in the trailers we saw they showed the young woman coughing up blood, spoiling the surprise of her end.

    Most surprising to me is that it’s based on a true story.

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