animated movie The Wind Rises © Studio Ghibli / Nippon Television Network / TOHO
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The Wind Rises

Biopic of the life of Jiro Horikosho - Nearsighted from a young age and unable to become a pilot, Jiro instead became an aeronautic engineer in 1927, becoming one of the world's most innovative airplane designers. The film follows his life as he survives the 1923 Kanto Earthquake, the great depression, the tuberculosis outbreak and the outbreak of World War II.

Created by: Studio Ghibli, Nippon Television Network, TOHO
Language: English dub / Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Title: Kaze tachinu (Japan)
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Hideaki Anno ... Jirô Horikoshi
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Honjô
Miori Takimoto ... Nahoko Satomi
Masahiko Nishimura ... Kurokawa
Mansai Nomura ... Giovanni Battista Caproni
Jun Kunimura ... Hattori
Mirai Shida ... Kayo Horikoshi
Steve Alpert ... Castorp
Shinobu Ôtake ... Kurokawa's Wife
Morio Kazama ... Satomi
Keiko Takeshita ... Jirô's Mother
[ English dub ] Featuring the voices of:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Jirô Horikoshi
John Krasinski ... Honjô
Emily Blunt ... Nahoko Satomi
Martin Short ... Kurokawa
Stanley Tucci ... Caproni
Mandy Patinkin ... Hattori
Mae Whitman ... Kayo Horikoshi, Kinu
Werner Herzog ... Castorp
Jennifer Grey ... Mrs. Kurokawa
William H. Macy ... Satomi
Zach Callison ... Young Jirô
Madeleine Rose Yen ... Young Nahoko
Eva Bella ... Young Kayo
Edie Mirman ... Jirô's Mother
Darren Criss ... Katayama
Elijah Wood ... Sone
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by: Toshio Suzuki
Executive Producers: Koji Hoshino
Musical Score by: Joe Hisaishi
Writing Credits: Hayao Miyazaki
Based on: the novel "The Wind Has Risen" by Hori Tatsuo.

The film has drawn criticism - both in the States and Japan - for its portrayal of Japan during the Second World War, particularly in regard to Japan's role in the conflict and that the main protagonist is the creator of Japan's Mitsubishi A5M airfighters, or that the workers in the factory were Chinese and Koreans forced to labour.

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