This is a quiet, reflective homage to Jiro Horikoshi the Mitsubishi designer of the Zero fighter plane. Encompassing an interesting period of Japanese history it is part bio-pic, part historical panorama, part dreamscape and exquisitely animated.
I’m sure the pacing will bug some people, and the typical bio-pic jumps in time might too, but for those who love passionate dreamers this is a wonderful story with plenty of humour. For those who love Japan’s culture and aesthetics, there is also much to enjoy.
And for the animation buffs, this movie full of different locations and characters, all brought to life with exquisite craftsmanship. Hayao Miyazaki has overseen many engaging and beautiful animations, but this one had the feel of maybe being a personal project. However many he makes in future, I think The Wind Rises will always hold a special place.