Show time is: 7:25 PM. We'll meet in the lower lobby around 7:10 PM, and go up to the theater.
In acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, Jiro — inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni — dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Naoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Writer/director Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. (127 mins.)
(Yes, the plane Jiro designed was also known as the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, aka, the Kamikaze plane…)
Note: We will be going to the original, Japanese language version with English sub-titles, rather than the English dubbed version! For those unfamiliar with Miyazaki's work, his animation is all hand-drawn, and the artwork is stunning.