Kaze tachinu

February 23rd, 2014


Kaze tachinu

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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 8.0/10 (2,952 voted)

Critic's Score: 84/100

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
John Krasinski - Honjô (voice)
Emily Blunt - Nahoko Satomi (voice)
Martin Short - Kurokawa (voice)
Stanley Tucci - Caproni (voice)
Mandy Patinkin - Hattori (voice)
Mae Whitman - Kayo Horikoshi / Kinu (voice)
Werner Herzog - Castorp (voice)
Jennifer Grey - Mrs. Kurokawa (voice)
William H. Macy - Satomi (voice)
Zach Callison - Young Jirô (voice)
Madeleine Rose Yen - Young Nahoko (voice)
Eva Bella - Young Kayo (voice)
Edie Mirman - Jirô's Mother (voice)
Darren Criss - Katayama (voice)

Taglines: Ikineba. (We must live.)


Official Website: Official site [Japan]

Country: Japan

Language: Japanese, German, Italian, French

Release Date: 28 February 2014

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

Do not go into this movie, expecting Kiki or Castle in the Sky, because it's not. It truly is something different by Miyazaki, and in a way it pays an homage to Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies. However, it provides the same inner warm feeling you expect when watching the incredible animation of Studio Ghibli.

Kaze is sentimental drama, and during the entire 2 hour long run, you will truly understand Jiro Horikoshi. This movie is insightful and will leave you staring at the Japanese film credits long after the movie finishes. It's packed with a familiar and breathtaking score from Joe Hisaishi and still manages to provide the magical Ghibli moments that people have become familiar with.

This is the only film I've ever written anything about, and probably will be the only film I ever write a review about. This is Miyazaki at his finest; perhaps not the imaginative super spiral that Spirited Away was, but definitely a sentimental and powerful film that has a great deal of messages; I think this was the movie that we were waiting for from him.


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