The Wind Rises (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Wind Rises (2014)



Critic Consensus: The Wind Rises is a fittingly bittersweet swan song for director Hayao Miyazaki.

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In "The Wind Rises," 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. -- (C) Studio Ghibli

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Hideaki Anno
as Jirô Horikoshi (Japanese language version)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as Jirô Horikoshi
Emily Blunt
as Nahoko Satomi
Miori Takimoto
as Naoko Satomi (Japanese language version)
Martin Short
as Kurokawa
Hidetoshi Nishijima
as Honjô (Japanese language version)
Mae Whitman
as Kayo Horikoshi
Masahiko Nishimura
as Kurokawa (Japanese language version)
Jennifer Grey
as Mrs. Kurokawa
Darren Criss
as Katayama
Jun Kunimura
as Hattori (Japanese language version)
Ronan Farrow
as Mitsubishi Employee
Zach Callison
as Young Jirô
Madeleine Rose Yen
as Young Nahoko
Steve Alpert
as Castorp (Japanese language version)
David Cowgill
as Flight Engineer
Shinobu Ôtake
as Kurokawa's Wife (Japanese language version)
Eva Bella
as Young Kayo
Edie Mirman
as Jirô's Mother
Morio Kazama
as Satomi (Japanese language version)
Mansai Nomura
as Caproni (Japanese language version)
Mirai Shida
as Kayo Horikoshi (Japanese language version)
Keiko Takeshita
as Jirô's Mother (Japanese language version)
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Critic Reviews for The Wind Rises

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (66)

I don't doubt the sincerity of Miyazaki's pacifism but I'm appalled by his abstract vision. Like, how many tens or hundreds of thousands of real people in Asia and the Pacific were de-animated thanks to [Jiro] Horikoshi's dreams?

February 21, 2019 | Full Review…

A beautiful--and now Oscar-nominated--swan song from Miyazaki, The Wind Rises is a breathtaking ode to what is and what could be.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's Miyazaki's most atypical cartoon, yet it might be his most personal self-representation, a portrait of the artist as a myopic dreamer.

May 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Jiro thankfully finds time to create an achingly romantic subplot with his love (Emily Blunt), who is gently waning away from TB.

May 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A rich treat for the eye and soul alike.

May 11, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's final feature, it marks a suitably rich and strange exit for one of the giants of Japanese cinema.

May 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wind Rises


Miyazaki's farewell is this lyrical, more adult and very personal project that, though technically splendid and paying an incredible attention to details, may be more appealing to himself as an artist than to most people, with also too many dream scenes that make it feel a bit repetitive.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A aeronautical engineer dreams of building the perfect plane. Slow and meandering, this film's central conflict is more technical than human, more a matter of engineering, an aspect into which the audience has no reference, than universal. While there are some sections in which we get fine interpersonal conflicts, the majority of the film involves Jiro conversing with his dream characters, and there's little to stand in the way of the love plot, thus little source for conflict. Many critics have written about the film's beauty, and I can't see what they're referring to. Many times I thought that the film didn't take advantage of all the creative liberties that animation could allow. Overall, when characters' central conflicts relate to their jobs, the audience must be able to participate in the suspense, and that's not the case with The Wind Rises.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


'The Wind Rises'. I'm left feeling like I'm mourning something beautiful. The animation is uniquely magical, with its painted backgrounds, sense of motion and emotion. The sound design is to be noted. Miyazaki's words are pure poetry at times. The romance, up there with the best this year. "Hikoki-Gumo", the song that plays over the end credits, couldn't be any more perfect, sealing the melancholy of the prior 20 minutes right in. Minor pacing issues keep it from being flawless.


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