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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:
... Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Honjô (voice)
Miori Takimoto ... Naoko Satomi (voice)
... Kurokawa (voice)
Mansai Nomura ... Giovanni Battista Caproni (voice)
... Hattori (voice)
... Kayo Horikoshi (voice)
Shinobu Ôtake ... Kurokawa's Wife (voice)
Morio Kazama ... Satomi (voice)
Keiko Takeshita ... Jirô's Mother (voice)
... Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
... Honjô (voice)
... Nahoko Satomi (voice)
... Kurokawa (voice)
... 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:

JPY 810,775,632 (Japan), 27 July 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$313,751, 23 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,209,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,454,220
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1.85 : 1
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The original Japanese version of film poster shows Naoko painting alone on a hillside, her skirt billowing in the wind. The US version portrays the same scene, but adds Jiro leaning over to kiss her and a paper plane flying overhead. 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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Young Nahoko: Be brave, Kinu!
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Das gibt's nur einmal
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Composed by Werner R. Heymann
Performed by Hideaki Anno, Morio Kazama and Steve Alpert (as Stepehen Alpert)
[Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Group]
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Deeply beautiful
6 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Miyazaki's swan song, most likely. It's an animated biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese aircraft engineer who developed the Zero, the plane which would eventually bomb Pearl Harbor and do kamikaze attacks in WWII. The man himself was a pacifist (at least according to this film). Most of the film just deals with the man's love for flight, which obviously makes the story very dear to Miyazaki. In fact, a good portion of the film takes place in Horikoshi's dreams, where he can invent any crazy contraption. First and foremost, the film is gorgeous. Though it mostly deals with the real world, it finds the beauty in it. As good as the film is, it isn't one of Miyazaki's best. It's a little long-winded and slow (definitely don't take your kids to it, even if they're big Ghibli fans). Miyazaki kind of neuters the militaristic history of Japan at that time. You can feel some terrible stuff going on in the background, but, outside of the Germans, whom our hero visits at one point, all the characters whom we meet are perfectly nice people. I would have liked a more detailed picture of history at the time. Also, the romance that is depicted in the film, which is entirely invented, is a tad too maudlin (though it is quite nice up front). And, though I won't hold it against the film itself, the English language dub is awful. This may be due to the film's specific, Japanese setting, but I really felt the voice actors were just dull as Hell. I hate to say it, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role is the worst. The least offensive performances come from Martin Short and Mae Whitman (the latter is a professional voice actress who is great on Avatar: The Last Airbender, though she is best known for her role as Michael Cera's dull girlfriend Ann on Arrested Development). I wish I had just seen the subtitled version instead (it was playing here, but at an inconvenient theater). I might like the film better seeing it subtitled. All those criticisms don't amount to too much, though. It's a wonderful film.


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