Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Zach Callison: young Jirô Horikoshi
Stanley Tucci: Italian airplane designer Giovanni Caproni
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: the older Jirô
Emily Blunt: young artist Naoko Satomi
John Krasinski: Jirô’s colleague and best friend Honjô

The film is based on the life of the young man who became the chief engineer at Mitsubishi  and designed many of the Japanese fighter planes used in World War II. It covers the period from the 1920’s to the 1940’s and leaves unsaid the impact his finest creation (the A6M, better known as the Japanese Navy’s Zero) had on the world.

This is animation for adults as children would have no interest in the story line as there are no cuddly animals or catchy musical numbers. And it’s drawn in the old fashioned way, not something generated by a computer.

Sufficient time is given to develop most characters although we are never provided any insight as to why Jirô’s sister is so grumpy. However it does run on a bit too long at two hours and six minutes. Some editing could have been done without great loss.


 for some disturbing images and smoking.

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