“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.” - Andrew Osmond, Sight & Sound

“The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it.” - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 p.m. | The achingly romantic THE WIND RISES tells the true story of World War II plane engineer Jiro Horikoshi. Nearsighted, Jiro’s childhood dream of becoming a pilot is dashed, leading him to a career designing airplanes. As Jiro’s work progresses, he faces various challenges, including the limitations of technology and the moral implications of designing warplanes. Along the way, he meets and falls in love with Naoko, a young woman suffering from tuberculosis. Adapted from Miyazaki’s manga of the same name, and featuring the director’s trademark lush animation, THE WIND RISES is a poignant exploration of love and the human cost of war.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Best Animated Feature, Academy Awards
Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated Feature Production, Annie Awards

Scored by Hisaishi: One of the most celebrated Japanese composers of our time, Joe Hisaishi has worked with revered director and animator Hayao Miyazaki since 1984, having written scores for 10 of Miyazaki’s films. His compositions fuse minimalist and classical sensibilities with whimsical energy to create scores that are simultaneously timeless and modern, and always a welcome sound to accompany Miyazaki’s sights. In collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who hosts the artist for Hisaishi Conducts Hisaishi June 27 through June 30, the Film Center presents five of our favorite films featuring his compositions. View full series.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu