The Cost of Aiming Too Much

“The wind is rising. We must try to live.”

That is how this epic biopic was introduced by the great Hayao Miyazaki.

This has been a tragic drama that will surely abandon you drowned in tears and a regal autobiography of a man transformed into a grandiose and breath- taking animation. From pulling off a detailed picture of Japan in its pre- war days to featuring a highly- sensitive topic regarding the descent of the horrors of the second world war.

It exhibited no cute or fancy characters, all it casted are humans in a real human story. This is about the memoir of Jiro Horikoshi, an aircraft designer who once dreamed of creating planes as a child, his endeavors to reach that vision, and eventually, lived that dream by his creation of a groundbreaking plane which was unfortunately utilized as a powerful war machine that caused countless assault during wartime.

Apart from bringing up that cruel past of world history, how a Japanese values passion and dedication in his chosen craft has been illuminated the most.

The many struggles of Horikoshi was portrayed from his near-sighted childhood, to his venture of living overseas, corruption in the workplace, his equally- tragic love story, his personal throe to be ahead of his time in the field of aerodynamics, and an inner conflict of being a genius who has spawned serious devastation later on.

This is not a fantasy drama but the magic of flying was fantastically depicted. More than the atrocity of his time, this is still a narrative of an artist who envisioned of becoming triumphant in his industry.

I still discern how Miyazaki dedicated an effort to show that war has never been good and it is not something Japan had celebrated. The great producer of this movie still contended to convey an anti- war message despite of glorifying Horikoshi’s work.

One of Miyazaki’s character even said in one of its early scenes, “Fighting is never justified.”

Apart from featuring artistry and craftmanship, this film, like any other Ghibli movie, never fails to touch my soul with both of its heart- warming and heart- breaking scenes.

The depiction of a great earthquake in this movie, which I believe is written in Japan’s history, is glorious and outstanding. Generally, everything in this picture never fails to be aesthetic.

Above all the representation of wind in this movie, one of my most favorite was with how the same wind that established his life as an aircraft engineer, also took it away when his wife died of tuberculosis.

How this film rendered its essence of how aiming for something too beautiful may cause life and even destruction is something noble and artistic to acclaim.

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