The film The Wind Rises features many wonderful scenes and moments, and a recurring theme that tells us that some dreams are truly cursed.. They are beautiful, ambitious, and artful, but they are also cursed.
People are criticizing The Wind Rises as a pacifistic curtain over the crimes of the Japanese in World War II, but to me that wasn’t the point of the film.
Yeah, I did remember that the Japanese Zeros killed many Americans and that the war brought a lot of despair. I also recall Japan being nuked, and that’s pretty sad too. No people should suffer such a tragic fate.
In the end, I think the message is that when your dreams cost money, you must forsake humanity to see them realized.
Leonardo Da Vinci was an artist and inventor. Did you know his job applications and resumes listed different war-time applications of his skills and that his art was merely listed as extra curricular?
Alfred Nobel, the man responsible for the Nobel Peace Prize made his fortune through the invention of Dynamite. Ironic right? I don’t vilify him.
We praise Einsten, but we also need to remember that he had a hand in some of the world’s greatest curses.
Hell, even Metal Gear Solid’s Otacon suffers the same fate. He wanted to built giant robots. Sadly, the only use for them was war. He filled that niche to see his dreams fulfilled.
The same things happen with any publisher and developer of projects. You have to submit to them in order to get funds. Sometimes their will is not humanitarian, but they also are the ones paying for your bills.
In the end the only thing I really regret is that our ambitions will lead us to forsake humanity to achieve what we want. That’s the nitty gritty of it.
The Wind Rises is a beautiful film about a brilliant person, and should be appreciated as a wonderful animation that has a lot of beautiful moments. To say that the film and Miyazaki should be criticized for its messages is cruel. We must all live in peace. We can appreciate tools of war, we can respect their craftsmanship, and we can remember that the tragedy, the curse of dreams, is also what makes them happen at all.