MOVIE REVIEW: THE WIND RISES (JAPANESE ANIMATION FEATURE FILM)
“THE WIND RISES”
JAPANESE ANIMATION MOVIE REVIEW
It’s mushy, this animation film, to be devoutly honest.
It makes you want to reach for your hankie to brush away a tear or two.
The flow is lilting, it touches your heart, and is oh-so-sublimal.
“THE WIND RISES” is a huge departure project for ace Japanese animation guru HAYAO MIYAZAKI.
He is bidding us “sayonara”, chum. And we gonna miss his works.
HAYAO MIYAZAKI has dressed his swan song with fantastic surrealism as one would expect from him.
“THE WIND RISES” is in part, a historical extravaganza, set in the first half of the 20th century and based on the life and love of Japanese aircraft engineer JIRO HORIKOSHI.
Let us run through the short synopsis:
Jiro aspires to fly and design beautiful airplanes.
He is inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni.
But Jiro is shortsighted at a young age and therefore does not qualify to be a pilot.
Thereupon he joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and grew to become one of the world’s most innovative airplane designers.
No, “THE WIND RISES” is not about the harsh realities of war. It bears an indelible imprint of valentine to the creative spirit.
The lead character is Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT), the airplane designer whose creations were employed during World War II ( including, ironically, those which attacked Pearl Harbor).
Yes, we are mindful of war hovering around the edges, but the primary focus is showing how this young man tackles his aviation aspirations, despite the myriad of odds stacked against him.
“Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself” and “never say die in life “are valuable lessons we should learn from here.
The love of his sweetheart Nahoko (EMILY BLUNT) spurs him on. Love conquers everything.
As well as his imaginary conversations with the famous Italian aircraft designer Giovanni Caproni ( STANLEY TUCCI).
This film ushers in a boisterous surge of positivism among us.
It is one soaring big-hearted delight.
Rally your family and friends to watch “THE WIND RISES” if you can.