“Be carefull this maybe be a dream, but you can still lose your head. ”
- Caproni (Stanley Tucci)
Studio Ghibli tribute to aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi. From being a young boy, his dream of aviation lead to Jiros development of Japans zero fighter.
When doves cry... not since Bambi have so many people shed a tear over an animation. The Studio Ghibli fanatical (which is now almost world Religion proportioned) because of course its a farewell to anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, who had announced his retirement. Those who feel the movie glamorized Japans war machine. And then curmudgeons like myself, who just felt tremendously bored during much of it, the twee handling of Jiros sick girlfriend and lack of Ghibli's usual fantasy anthropomorphization didn't help me. Dubious historic white washing aside (hey why let fact creep into fantasy), you can't really hate a movie this beautifully produced. Its yet another fine achievement from a master craftsman.
[Personal Reasons For Remembering]
Hey Japanboy... the film was at its best during Jiro's dream sequences with the marvelous Caproni.
P.S. hate me, I'm a sellout I watched the Hollywood dubbed version.
Originally taken from Letterboxd