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The Wind Rises: Jiro
The Wind Rises, from Japan's master animator Hayao Miyazaki, tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A5M and its famous successor, the World War II Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane. But, says Miyazaki, "The character of Jiro in the movie is a fictional character and an amalgam inspired by two people of the same era: Jiro Horikoshi, the aeronautical engineer and the designer of the Zero fighter, and the author Tatsuo Hori. Although I have seen photographs of Jiro Horikoshi, I did not refer to them when creating the character Jiro. That said, I am very familiar with various books and materials about him, so I did expect to include his essence in my new character." As for the film's color palette, Miyazaki says, "The setting of the film is when my parents were young. My image of that era is one of grays and darkness. Still, even with misfortune, I believe that this was an era when people strove to live life to its fullest. I wanted to know how people of that era lived and to draw it. The most difficult challenge in making this film was that the production team was completely ignorant of how green Japan looked at that time, and of the era's manners and etiquette. Although it was not so long ago, Japan has changed dramatically."