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Kaze tachinu (2013)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
Hidetoshi Nishijima ...
Honjô (voice)
Miori Takimoto ...
Naoko Satomi (voice)
Masahiko Nishimura ...
Kurokawa (voice)
Mansai Nomura ...
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Hattori (voice)
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Kayo Horikoshi (voice)
Shinobu Ohtake ...
Kurokawa's Wife (voice) (as Shinobu Ôtake)
Morio Kazama ...
Satomi (voice)
Keiko Takeshita ...
Jirô's Mother (voice)
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Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
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Honjô (voice)
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Nahoko Satomi (voice)
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Kurokawa (voice)
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Caproni (voice)
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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 by Official site

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Ikineba. (We must live.)


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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and smoking | See all certifications »

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21 February 2014 (USA)  »

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Untitled Hayao Miyazaki Project  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$313,751 (USA) (21 February 2014)

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$5,201,879 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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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 Jiro 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". See more »

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After Jiro tells Nahoko that he's finished designing his plane, he falls asleep. Nahoko removes his glasses and places them on the floor behind their heads. In the next shot, from behind their heads, there are no glasses on the floor. See more »

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Freshman: What on Earth is Jiro working so hard on?
Honjô: Fish bones.
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Zigeunerweisen
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Written by Pablo de Sarasate, 1878
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Miyazaki's most mature film?
28 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The announcement of this film was a pleasant surprise after Ponyo and From Up on Poppy Hill, which both had simple, childish plots. Few films in Japan have tackled the lives of imperial period heroes; the ghosts of the 1960s urge people to denounce what really happened in that time and memorialize an imaginary anti-war movement, for example in this year's film "Shounen H". For Miyazaki to choose a subject like this showed that he was really going for a huge challenge. Miyazaki is of course anti-war and environmentalist. But Ghibli films are never negative. What sort of positive image of the Zero bomber inventor would Miyazaki produce?

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


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