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The Wind Rises

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The Wind Rises
Kaze Tachinu
Anime Poster
Country Japan.jpg Japan
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Release Date July, 20 2013
Language German
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jiro Horikoshi Hideaki Anno
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (English)
Nahoko Satomi Miori Takimoto
Emily Blunt (English)
Kiro Honjo Hidetoshi Nishijima
John Krasinski (English)
Kurokawa Masahiko Nishimura
Martin Short (English)
Castorp Stephen Alperta
Werner Herzog (English)

The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ; Kaze Tachinu) is a 2013 Anime historical drama romance movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the life of Japanese aviation pioneer Jiro Horikoshi. The young Jiro Horikoshi longs to be a pilot. In a dream, he meets the Italian aircraft engineer Giovanni Battista Caproni and receives some wisdom: it is much nicer to construct aircraft than to fly them. For this reason, the now-grown Jiro begins to study engineering at the Tokyo Imperial University some years later. On a train ride, he meets the beautiful Naoko Satomi, his great love. But it takes many years and a chance reunion until the two get engaged. But sharing time is not easy for the couple: while Jiko builds warplanes over the years as the lead developer for several companies, Naoko is struggling with health issues.

Other voice roles in the English dub include William H. Macy, Mandy Patinkin, Jennifer Grey, Stanley Tucci, and Elijah Wood.

The following weapons were used in the film The Wind Rises:

Machine Guns

Fiat-Revelli M1914

During Jiro Horikoshi's first dream with Giovanni Battista Caproni, several Caproni Ca.3 bombers are seen with air-cooled Fiat-Revelli M1914 machine guns.

Fiat-Revelli M14 aircraft machine gun - 6.5x52mm Mannlicher-Carcano
Young Jiro looks at Caproni bombers as they fly by. The barrel is seen.
Caproni looks at Jiro on the ground.
General view.

Type 97

The Type 97 aircraft machine gun is mounted on Horikoshi's planes like the Mitsubishi Experimental 7-Shi and the legendary Mitsubishi A6M "Zero".

Type 97 aircraft machine gun - 7.7x56mmR
The Experimental 7-Shi with nose-mounted Type 97s. The boxes can be seen in the cockpit.
A6M fighters with the MGs.

Type 92

During the description of the Mitsubishi G3M bomber, it can be seen with Type 92 light machine guns, the Japanese copy of the British Lewis Gun.

Type 92 light machine gun - 7.7x56mmR
Turret gunners manning the Type 92s.


Soviet Polikarpov I-15 fighters in Chinese service are armed with four PV-1 machine guns.

Nadashkevich PV-1 - 7.62x54mmR
Chinese fighters fire at the G3M bombers.


What appears to be two Ho-103 machine guns are mounted on a Nakajima G8N bomber wreck's turret.

Ho-103 - 12.7x81mmSR
The turret on the left.


Aircraft carrier Hōshō

Note the two 14 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns at the Bow, Nakajima A1N1 fighters on deck and the sided chimneys. On the right there is a destroyer, which could be a Momo or Wakatake-class.
Full side view; the chimneys are now directed upwards.

Battleship Nagato

Note the curved chimney which is a pre-1936 feature (correct for the Nakajima A1N1 fighter testing, carried out around 1930).

See also

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