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by Danny Baldwin

The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 is a major early setpiece for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," after which it jumps forward in time several years. (When the earthquake hits, protagonist Jiro is on the train to college, and the next sequence finds him after completing school.) The leap in time is signaled by the visual motif of a plane in the sky—transportation is often used in film as a symbol of time/distance—and achieved through hard cuts. The film's aesthetic after the transition appropriately reflects a society that has yet to fully rebuild from devastation.

Wind Rises, The (Miyazaki, 2013) — Earthquake Aftermath

Tokyo rebuilds and protagonist Jiro Horikoshi ages after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 in Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises."

from The Wind Rises (2013)
Creator: Hayao Miyazaki
Distributor: Touchtone Pictures
Posted by Danny Baldwin
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