Review: ‘The Wind Rises’ (PG) ****

Share Canberra's trusted news:

the-wind-risesHAYAO Miyazaki’s animated films generally combine innocence, romance, fantasy, tension and palpable affection for his audience. Australia has seen “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Arrietti” (both of which he wrote and produced).

A running time of 127 minutes doesn’t diminish the satisfaction of his perceptive portrait of Jiro Horikoshi. Nor does it open the scars left by Horikoshi’s greatest achievement, designing the Zero fighter aircraft that served Japan so well until late in World War II.

windrisescoverAcknowledging but not aggrandising the military achievements of the Zero, Miyazaki’s film portrays a man whose defective eyesight prevented him from achieving his childhood ambition to become an aviator. He settled for the next best thing, leading aircraft design into the all-metal era.

It depicts Japanese middle-class lifestyle in the interbellum years little different from ours. It tells of the love between Jiro and Nahoko, who met after a major earthquake and moved apart until after he graduated, by which time Nahoko was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The film’s dream sequences about the influence of Italian aircraft designer Caproni on Jiro’s professional development offer some wonderful fantasy images of early attempts to develop aviation beyond its military role. The rest is direct narrative affectionately told using sub-titles.

 At Dendy


Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleWar veteran’s stolen medals returned
Next articleReview: “3 Days To Kill” (M) *** and a half
Dougal Macdonald
“CityNews” film reviewer

Leave a Reply