The Wind Rises

JAN 15 - Dubbed

Fifth Annual Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective: Jan 9- Jan 26

The Wind Rises is the fictionalized biopic of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, most notable as the architect of the Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” World War II fighter aircraft. In the film, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.


Hailed by reviewers for its vivid beauty – critic David Ehrlich called it “Perhaps the greatest animated film ever made” – The Wind Rises topped the Japanese box office in 2013 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.


The film was initially considered to be writer/director Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song when the Studio Ghibli co-founder announced his retirement in September 2013.  However, Miyazaki has reportedly returned to work on the fantasy adventure How Do You Live? which is expected to be released in 2020 or 2021.


Duration: 126 mins. | Rating: PG-13 | Presented Jan. 15 dubbed in English

The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Retrospective runs January 9 through January 26 and features a collection of some of the finest films from Japan's most renowned animation studio. Please call 503-797-4000 for more information.