The Wind Rises Home Video Listed in November in N. America
posted on by Rachel Mahoney
The Wind Rises premiered in Japan in July 2013 and opened in wide release in North America on February 28. The film opened in limited theaters on February 21, and earned US$306,000 on opening weekend.
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world's most accomplished airplane designers.
The Wind Rises chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that affected deeply the course of Jiro's life, including The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, The Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic, and Japan's plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo, and innovates tremendously, leading the aviation world into the future.
The Wind Rises won the Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Feature Production on February 1, and was nominated in the 2014 Academy Awards' Best Animated Film category.