The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ [J-Movie] (2013)

    The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ [J-Movie] (2013)
  • Title : The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ [J-Movie] (2013)
  • Alternative Title(s) : Kaze Tachinu
  • English Subtitles: No
  • Number of Episodes: 1
  • Date Aired (YYYY-MM-DD): July 20, 2013
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  • Summary:

    In 1916, the young Jiro Horikoshi dreams of being a pilot, but his poor eyesight forbids it. After he reads an aviation magazine, Jiro dreams he meets the famous Italian aircraft designer Giovanni Battista Caproni, who tells him that building planes is better than flying them.

    Seven years later, Jiro is traveling by train to study aeronautical engineering at Tokyo Imperial University,[9] and meets a young girl, Nahoko, traveling with her maid. When the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 hits, Nahoko’s maid breaks her leg and Jiro carries her to Nahoko’s family. He leaves without giving his name.

    In 1927, Jiro graduates with his close friend Kiro Honjo (who later designs the Mitsubishi G3M), and both begin work at aircraft manufacturer Mitsubishi assigned to a fighter design team. Jiro is sent to Germany to carry out technical research and obtain a production license for a Junkers aircraft.[10] He argues with German soldiers and witnesses a night raid by the Gestapo. He dreams again of Caproni, who tells him that the world is better for the beauty of planes, even if humankind might put them to ugly purposes.

    In 1932, Jiro is promoted to chief designer for a fighter plane competition sponsored by the Navy, but his design, the Mitsubishi 1MF10, fails. Disappointed, Jiro visits a summer resort where he meets Nahoko again. They become engaged, but Nahoko has tuberculosis, and refuses to marry until she recovers. A German visitor privately critical of the Nazi regime, Hans Castorp, assists the romance before fleeing arrest by Japanese authorities.

    Wanted in connection with Castorp, Jiro hides at his supervisor’s home while he works on a new navy project. Following a lung haemorrhage, Nahoko recuperates in an alpine sanatorium, but cannot bear being apart from Jiro, and returns to marry him. Jiro’s sister, now a doctor, warns Jiro that his marriage to Nahoko will end badly as tuberculosis is incurable. Though Nahoko’s health deteriorates, she and Jiro enjoy their time together.

    Jiro leaves for the test flight of his new prototype aircraft, the Mitsubishi A5M. Sensing that she will soon die, Nahoko secretly returns to the sanatorium and leaves letters for Jiro, her family, and friends. At the test site, Jiro is distracted from his success by a gust of wind, sensing Nahoko’s death.

    During Japan’s involvement in World War II, Jiro again dreams of Caproni, telling him he regrets that his aircraft were used for war. Caproni comforts him, saying Jiro’s dream of building beautiful aircraft was nonetheless realized. A group of Zeros fly past and their pilots salute Jiro. Nahoko appears, exhorting her husband to live his life to the fullest.

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