The Wind Rises Blu-ray/DVD
About The Wind Rises Blu-ray/DVD
The Wind Rises is the last film directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted 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.
Special Features: The Wind Rises: Behind the Microphone, Announcement of the Completion of the Film, Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailers and TV Spots.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, French subtitles.
- Publisher: BUENA VISTA
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama
- Themes: Historical
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 127
- Release Date: 11/18/2014
- Dimensional Weight: 0.4
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Beautiful but overlong and lacking. Average dub, too.
Miyazaki's swan song, a docudrama fantasy of an aspiring airplane designer who gets into a romance with a sickly painter, starts out promisingly and takes off when the title character is having dream sequences with his mentor Caproni. Unfortunately, the story never really finds its momentum and the love story is both flat and uninvolving. Neither character is particularly compelling, and the lackluster performance of the male lead character in Disney's disappointingly average dub makes it worse. To be fair, there are some good performances like Stanley Tucci, Mae Whitman, Martin Short, and Werner Hertzog, but otherwise this is my least favorite Miyazaki dub and my least favorite film of his. The animation is nonetheless beautiful, and for that THE WIND RISES is still worthy of four stars. Unfortunate that Miyazaki has retired; he will be missed. To bad his last film doesn't live up to his legacy, at least in my opinion.
Get out of there Werner Herzog!
Better in the Japanese than the English, it's a little long and unfocused. But if you're willing to invest the time it's worth it: the love story and looming war are interesting parallels and make for a moving story. It's about dreaming, small and big, and is a lovely film.
Least favorite Miyazaki
by Alan Rean
Beautiful animation as always, but I just didn't find this as compelling. The love story isn't interesting or touching, and there's little to no momentum, aside from an earthquake scene at the beginning. This is my least favorite Miyazaki movie, although your mileage may vary.
As for dub vs sub, I don't see anything better or worse with either version. Either version is OK.