How The Wind Rises Inspired Me

The Wind Rises is the movie about Miyazaki´s favourite topics: Planes! Now, I am no airplane buff, so I can only imagine how good this movie is to those that are! The details in this movie really make me wish I knew more about planes so that I could appreciate all the amazing planes and engines and all that stuff.

That is why, after seeing the movie, I wanted to do a little bit of research on the subject. I wanted to see if the planes depicted in the movie was actual planes that had existed. I knew the Zero had existed of course (I was not asleep in history class), but I noticed a lot of other planes that were in the movie that I had never heard of, or recognised, so this got me interested. As I am a huge fan of steam punk these pre-jet engine planes appealed to me. That is all the excuse I need to dedicate an evening to this. So, “TO THE INTERNETS”, i cried and jump-started my google search engine set to image search. Engage!

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Fun Fact:Studio Ghibli is actually named after the Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli World War II fighter aircraft designed by the very same Caproni that Jiro meets in the movie.

All the scenes with the italian aviator Caproni shows off some really funny-looking planes from an early and experiential phase in the history of aviation (between 1910-1920). The Great War gave aviators new possibilities through military funding that spawned a lot of experimental designs (some more successful than others).

In the movie Caproni comes flying in on a really strange looking aircraft that I can´t believe would even fly, but the plane is an actual plane designed by Caproni, the Caproni Ca.31. And it flew (even though the first version of it, the Ca.1 model, crashed on its maiden flight)!

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I can´t help to notice a little detail in the background in one of the scenes where Jiro and Caproni walks on the wings of the Ca.60; you can see a plane that looks similar in design as the planes from Porco Rosso.

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Maybe this is just me reading to much into it tho. If I knew more about planes I would probably know the references (if there is any).

The Caproni Ca.48 was a bomber plane designed by Caproni in 1917/18 and was another plane that you would not believe could fly when you look at it.

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I think the only plane that flies in the movie (in a dream mind you) that never flew in reality is the Ca.60 model. And it never reached past a prototype. But check that out; MADNESS, it could never fly!

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I can honestly say that I now know a little bit more about planes now that I have seen The Wind Rises and after it inspired me to look further into the world of planes. I still have a long way to go before I am a proper airplane buff, however.

 

Two New Movies from Studio Ghibli in Production!

A lot to be exited about in the year 2013, the world didn´t end in 2012 and this summer Studio Ghibli is scheduled to release two films on the same day!

The first is written and directed by Hayao Miyasaki himself and is called The Wind Rises, where we get to know the story behind Jiro Horikoshi. He is the man that designed fighter jets used by Japan during World War II, among them the most famous and feared jet of the war; the Zero. The second movie is Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari (Japanese title), a movie based on an old Japanese folktale (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter).

Both these movies have a very Japanese theme, one tells of a Japanese engineer during WWII and the other is based on a Japanese folktale. Neither story is widely known in the West, so it begs the question if Studio Ghibli can still convince us with their superior animation and storytelling.

Traditional Japanese artwork picurig a scene from The tale of the Bamboo Cutter