The Wind Rises – Boulder International Film Festival

The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

“Engineers make dreams into reality”
-The Wind Rises

Today, I went to watch The Wind Rises at the Boulder International Film Festival. It is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the same person who is behind Spirited Away and the Castle in the Sky. The main character, Jiro, is mesmerized with airplanes and this film is the story of his life as an aeronautical engineer in Japan. As an engineering student, I thought this film was really inspirational and showed the ability of engineers to invent amazing things, especially if they’re passionate about it. It showed how passion drives creativity, curiosity, and ambition in engineering. However, it also showed a more negative side to engineering – the use of technology and inventions for destruction. Jiro just wants to design airplanes because they are beautiful. The movie takes place during World War II and Jiro is ultimately commissioned by the Navy to build an fighter plane that can take off from aircraft carriers. The question “How do we ensure that we are not being unleashed upon the world as a machine?” is one we are trying to answer in my iEngineering class. Technology can always be abused and if we are afraid of the consequences of our designs, I think it will hinder progression in advancements. We just have to trust that our designs will be used for good and constructive purposes. Overall, the movie was fantastic and brought up a lot of realistic problems for engineers to think about – morally, socially, and technically.