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Kaze tachinu (2013)

  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 3,220 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War
  • Release Date: 28 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 126 min
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Kaze tachinu (2013)


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  • IMDb page: Kaze tachinu (2013)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 3,220 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War
  • Release Date: 28 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 126 min
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Joe Hisaishi   
  • Soundtrack: Das gibt's nur einmal
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital (Mono)
  • Plot Keyword: Airplane | Dream | Flying | Love | Tuberculosis

Writing Credits By:

  • Hayao Miyazaki (comic)
  • Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Human voices are largely used as sound effects, such as engine roars and earthquake sound. 21 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Hayao Miyazaki’s final animated film. 32 of 34 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The protagonist Jirô Horikoshi is a fictional character made from a mix of the actual lives of Tatsuo Hori, the author of the short story of the same name, and Jirô Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero fighter aircraft. The title comes from Hori’s translation of a quote from Paul Valéry’s poem “Le cimetière marin”. 9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • This is the first time Hideaki Anno has acted in a full length feature animated film. 6 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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. Written byOfficial site

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Nobuo Kawakami known as producer trainee
  • Toshio Suzuki known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt known as Jirô Horikoshi (voice: English version)
  • John Krasinski known as Honjô (voice: English version)
  • Emily Blunt known as Nahoko Satomi (voice: English version)
  • Martin Short known as Kurokawa (voice: English version)
  • Stanley Tucci known as Caproni (voice: English version)
  • Mandy Patinkin known as Hattori (voice: English version)
  • Mae Whitman known as Kayo Horikoshi / Kinu (voice: English version)
  • Werner Herzog known as Castorp (voice: English version)
  • Jennifer Grey known as Mrs. Kurokawa (voice: English version)
  • William H. Macy known as Satomi (voice: English version)
  • Zach Callison known as Young Jirô (voice: English version)
  • Madeleine Rose Yen known as Young Nahoko (voice: English version)
  • Eva Bella known as Young Kayo (voice: English version)
  • Edie Mirman known as Jirô's Mother (voice: English version)
  • Darren Criss known as Katayama (voice: English version)
  • Elijah Wood known as Sone (voice: English version)
  • Ronan Farrow known as Mitsubishi Employee (voice: English version)
  • David Cowgill known as Flight Engineer (voice: English version)
  • Steve Alpert known as Castorp (voice)
  • Hideaki Anno known as Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
  • Morio Kazama known as Satomi (voice)
  • Jun Kunimura known as Hattori (voice)
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima known as Honjô (voice)
  • Masahiko Nishimura known as Kurokawa (voice)
  • Mansai Nomura known as Giovanni Battista Caproni (voice)
  • Mirai Shida known as Kayo Horikoshi (voice)
  • Keiko Takeshita known as Jirô's Mother (voice)
  • Miori Takimoto known as Naoko Satomi (voice)
  • Shinobu Ôtake known as Kurokawa's Wife (voice)




Production Companies:

  • Studio Ghibli (as Sutajio Jiburi)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • Hakuhodo DY Media Partners
  • KDDI Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
  • Nippon Television Network (NTV)
  • Toho Company

Other Companies:

  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment  funding
  • Dentsu  funding
  • Hakuhodo DY Media Partners  funding
  • KDDI Corporation  funding
  • Mitsubishi  funding
  • Nippon Television Network (NTV)  funding
  • Tokuma Japan Communications Co. Ltd.  soundtrack
  • Walt Disney Studios Japan  funding


  • Cirko Film (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Encore Films (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Lumière (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Toho Company (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Touchstone Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2014) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Cinema Mondo (2014) (Finland) (all media)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2014) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East, North Africa & Iran)
  • Madman Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (all media)
  • Nippon Television Network (NTV) (2014) (Japan) (TV)
  • Touchstone Pictures (2013) (USA) (all media)
  • Vértigo Films (2014) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and smoking



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Squanto Makoons from United States
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

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

    Kaze is sentimental drama, and during the entire 2 hour long run, youwill truly understand Jiro Horikoshi. This movie is insightful and willleave you staring at the Japanese film credits long after the moviefinishes. It's packed with a familiar and breathtaking score from JoeHisaishi and still manages to provide the magical Ghibli moments thatpeople have become familiar with.

    This is the only film I've ever written anything about, and probablywill be the only film I ever write a review about. This is Miyazaki athis finest; perhaps not the imaginative super spiral that Spirited Awaywas, but definitely a sentimental and powerful film that has a greatdeal of messages; I think this was the movie that we were waiting forfrom him.

  2. ShiiStyle from United States
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    The announcement of this film was a pleasant surprise after Ponyo andFrom Up on Poppy Hill, which both had simple, childish plots. Few filmsin Japan have tackled the lives of imperial period heroes; the ghostsof the 1960s urge people to denounce what really happened in that timeand memorialize an imaginary anti-war movement, for example in thisyear's film "Shounen H". For Miyazaki to choose a subject like thisshowed that he was really going for a huge challenge. Miyazaki is ofcourse anti-war and environmentalist. But Ghibli films are nevernegative. What sort of positive image of the Zero bomber inventor wouldMiyazaki produce?

    The result is astounding. As everyone has noted, this is not achildren's movie. It's complex, so it doesn't have the epic sense ofMiyazaki at his best, but history and adulthood are just as complex,and Miyazaki does justice to both. The film indeed stays positivethroughout, by showing from start to finish how everyone wishes theythemselves would behave, rewarding the viewer with virtue and beauty,but without being condescending about the hardships of real life. In asense, the film is about the "importance of dreams", but it's alsoabout what it means to be a dreamer in real life, and how our highestfantasies can be turned into beauty if we put our minds to it. Thecartoon medium is put to full, extravagant use in dream sequences thatmerge right into the narrative. Certain elements at the end of the filmleave the obvious unsaid in a peculiarly Japanese and fulfilling way.The most classic films of Japan, like the great works of Akira Kurosawaand Yasujiro Ozu, say something profound about the meaning of life, andKaze Tachinu deserves a place among those ranks.

  3. (jdshald@gmail.com) from United States
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    The Wind Rises is a fictionalized biography / character study of JiroHirikoshi and his story of becoming an Aviation Engineer. This moviehad a great impact on me after seeing it in the theatre and I thoughtabout what I had seen for the one hour drive home afterwards. In termsof pacing and how the movie focuses on the main character I wasreminded of David Lean movies in its maturity and emotional grit. Therewere also times when watching that I thought to myself I have neverseen hand drawn animation this good ever and will probably never seeanimation this good ever again. The character designs are beautiful.The backgrounds and color pallete are beautiful. The animation isbreathtaking. But the story is just as beautiful as the artwork. Themovie is about one mans journey to make beautiful airplanes but is alsoequally tragic in later scenes of the movie in the evolving love storyand especially the last scene in the movie.

    This movie does not explain at any time through dialogue what thecharacter is feeling but instead it shows you and the subtle and attimes powerful emotions which are the glue of what holds his storytogether. Some people may wonder why Miyazaki took creative risks withthe real life story of Jiro Hirikoshi. The real life Jiro never marriedto a woman with Tuberculosis. Did he really fantasize about buildingairplanes? Was he really followed by a Soviet Spy? I think the way thecharacter fantasizes about airplanes even when not dreaming is anhonest depiction of how creative people like Hayao Miyazaki think.

    Along with Porco Rosso this is probably Hayao Miyazaki's most personalmovie. If you study Hayao Miyazaki's movies and read about his careerlike I have it becomes obvious that this movie is as much about JiroHirikoshi as it is about Hayao Miyazaki.

    I recommend anyone who has ever been creative to go see the Wind Rises.

    Hayao Miyazaki's Most Beautiful film.

  4. m_rishav from Osaka, Japan
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    First of all, let me start by telling "Woah, What a great movie".

    Hayao Miyazaki's latest movie The Wind Rises is one of his best moviestill date though the story line and plot is completely different fromall his other movies which had a magical and fantasy feeling to it.It's nowhere near Spirited Away his best work till date but it ranks3rd in my ghibli list after Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.

    The story, partly non-fiction, evolves around a young mechanicaldesigner whose dream was to build beautiful airplanes. He ultimatelysucceeds in building fully up-to-date planes, but which went to war,and none came back.

    His personal life is set in Japan when people were facing greatuncertainty after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the GreatDepression, and preparation for the war with China, then America, andBritain, and Netherlands, and the Soviets … He and his colleagues dowhat they do best and what they are supposed to do under thosecircumstances: make planes. Just do it.

    His life enters into a new stage when he meets again accidentally withthe girl whose life he saved during the earthquake. Their beautifulromance and eventual marriage is however overshadowed by her disease(tuberculosis, which was incurable at that time), and war.

    The ending completely pays off and blew me away in every term. TheMovie is what we wanted from Miyazaki though intended for MatureAudiences only, I suggest everyone to watch this movie and I am surethat you will receive 1 ounce more pleasure than I did.

    10/10 For this Masterpiece.

  5. 紗矢香 落合
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    There might be people saying that it was the bad thing to do to createairplane to kill people. However, the beauty of his life through hisMitsubishi Zero is worth viewing. The young guy lived with his dream,creating the beautiful airplane to fly in the free blue sky. Itdescribe that even though there are many beautiful moments to live as ahuman being, the wart itself turns them into all evil. I felt likeHayao Miyazaki wanted to tell us the point. And even though under worstsituation like world war, people live their own life, and those livesthemselves are just so beautiful. Once you watch this movie, you mustfeel something warm from deep of your heart.

  6. Oscar Scheepstra from Brazil
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    I watched this movie yesterday night, on the International CinemaFestival here in São Paulo, Brazil. This movie is astonishing. Itreally feels lie a good-bye movie, but that is not what makes it sad.Although the movie is uplifting, colourful and with an amazing musicscore… it is quite sad to think that Grave of the Fireflies happenedjust a few years later! This movie is deliciously colourful. We canalso see Miyazaki's style on the characters. They actually do theTotoro's head size changing thing when expressing strong emotions. Oneof the things that I really liked was the music score. It starts as asimple guitar, but in the end it evolves to a full orchestra. The soundeffects are quite amazing as well. I felt that the Germany part of themovie was a tad slow, and some parts could be more developed, such asthe flashligh part of the movie. This is a bit annoying, but is soonforgotten. The mixture between dreams and reality is delicious. I felthappy and warm inside watching all the happy people riding Caproni'splane. But in the same time… I felt sad, because, as I wrote above…this would all end in a few years or months. It is disturbing that theZero would be used as a weapon and that many would not return. It isfunny – the movie makes you feel good and uneasy on the same time.Still, this was one of the most gorgeous animation's I have ever seen.Mr. Miyazaki finished his career with a great movie, and his work surebe missed.

  7. francesco favro from Italy
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    I watched the film in Venice, and i was amazed as usual by Miyazaki'stalent. Starting with the visual impact, at times i forgot to read thesubtitles simply because i was staring at a landscape, realizing thatit was really a painting. Literally. Sound effects were made entirelyby voice, and in the (i don't think this is a spoiler, it's in thetrailer) . . . earthquake scene, these effects really made thedifference. Now, to the film. It follows the story of Jiro Horikoshi,the engineer who built the "zero-fight" planes for ww II, starting inhis childhood, alternating between reality and dream sequences, andgoing on to his adulthood, all led by the wind, which is a sort of"deus ex" for Jiro. It's very different from every other Miyazaki'sworks, so don't go watch it expecting spirits, magic or such.

  8. Bruno Youn from São Paulo, Brazil
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    Highs: Hayao Miyazaki's final film has its great share of magical andcharming moments just like in his other movies. The animation as wellas the score are beautiful and the film is very comical on manysituations. Still, it also contains a considerable amount of drama withWorld War II being its context here.

    Lows: Sometimes I felt there wasn't much progression to the story dueto scenes that lingered quite a bit and because of recurrent quotes anddream sequences. The animation is mostly gorgeous, but it didn't seemso fluid and natural in a couple of scenes for me.

    Verdict: The Wind Rises is another gem from Miyazaki who ends hisillustrious career on a high note.

  9. Conan Edogawa
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    This movie is the latest work of Studio Ghibli. The hero has dream. Hereally likes airplane when he is young. However, his eyes are not good.So, he becomes the engineer of airplane. He has a best friend. He isalso the engineer of airplane. Airplane is the all of him. One day, hemeets a woman. She is a destiny. They fall in love and…?

    This story is little difficult for me. It is because may be there is amessage that I cannot find out I watch it once. I want to watch onemore. Of course I can understand this story. However, I think, there isa more message. I like the scene that he and his best friend talk aboutthe airplane. When I watch the scene, I think it is the beautiful thatpeople are absorbed in one thing. I want to find my favorite thing Ican forget other things and be absorbed in.

    I recommend you this movie. If you watch it, you will want to find yourfavorite thing.

  10. Chiu Shih-Bo from Taipei
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    This film is totally different from Miyazaki's other films and Ipersonally think, like what he's mentioned, a message to to world abouthow he looks at the war, war machines , peace, love and living. As I ama Taiwanese, who has once colonized and ruled by Japanese during thesecond world war, how Japanese coped with the war topic is alwayssensitive. However, what I saw in this film is truly reflecting thatMiyazaki is peace loving and his point of view on war, life and love.He depicted about the beauty of dreams and surviving. You can see thateveryone in this film try every hard to live, even though the time ishard and forced to strike a balance between dreams and reality.However, they are self fulfilling. So who is to blame? who ruined theirlives and dreams? Those who leads them to the war to blame.

    In short, the film perfectly shows how the director's been telling inalmost every his masterpiece but in a personally way, to the audience.Just like a final message he would like yo transmit to the world. Ifelt overwhelmed by the film and sad that he decided to retired. Pleasego to watch this film and you will do feel the courage to live hard andlive well.

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