Oeuvre magnifique qui malgré l'absence d'une forme de poésie plus fantastique, voire plus naïve, présente dans nombre de ses films précédents, au détriment d'un réalisme sombre, souvent dramatique et traumatique laisse perdurer, longtemps après la projection, une sensation d'apaisement, de sérénité et d'accomplissement que seuls les rêves les plus tenaces apportent quelquefois, discrètement. www.cinefiches.com
Sadly, this film didn't do it for me as much as any other of Miyazaki's craft-wonders... I didn't relate at all to the character or felt much empathy for him; tho, I was very sad for Nahoko and for what I felt, most times, as self-centeredness from Jiro. And maybe this is only to me but Miyazaki's anti-war message got a bit lost here - but nothing beats Nausicaa in that sense.
Rather formulaic for Miyazaki, but indicative of his love of planes. He is at his best when pushing the envelope instead of simply embracing the studio archetype. Nonetheless, this is disciplined, articulate narrative cinema with historical verve and a depth of creation representative of a master of the craft.
This is a bad movie. Not even the animation is enough to give it a recomendation. The romantization of illness and the objectification of women were so distasteful. If the messege wasn't so ingrained in the fabric of the movie it could've been saved but it is. Urgh.