English-Language Voice Cast for ‘The Wind Rises’ Includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Werner Herzog

English-Language Voice Cast for 'The Wind Rises' Includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Werner Herzog

A top drawer roster has been assembled for the English-language version of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film for Studio Ghibli, “The Wind Rises.” Disney will open the dubbed version of this animated Oscar contender in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding on February 28.

Full cast list and trailer below.

Dame to Kill For”) lends his voice to Jiro Horikoshi, who harbors strong
ambitions to create his own beautiful airplane. A bubbling mix of wild
excitement, extreme focus, individualism, pride, realism and idealism, Jiro
also has a cool and brilliant mind and is recognized for his talent.

JOHN KRASINSKI (“The Office,” “Promised
Land”) provides the voice of Honjo, Jiro’s college friend and fellow
aviation engineer.

EMILY BLUNT (“The Young Victoria,” “Edge
of Tomorrow,”
“Into the Woods”) voices Nahoko Satomi, a beautiful and cheerful girl
who is a passenger on the same train as Jiro on the day of a natural disaster.
Ten years later, they reunite.

MARTIN SHORT (“Father of the Bride,” “Saturday Night
Live”) was tapped to portray Kurokawa, Jiro’s grumpy boss.

STANLEY TUCCI (“Julie & Julia,” “The
Hunger Games” films, “The Devil Wears Prada”) provides the voice
of Caproni, an airplane creator known worldwide from the dawn of Italian
aviation through the 1930s, who appears in Jiro’s dreams to stir up, advise and
voice Jiro’s thoughts and emotions.

MANDY PATINKIN (“Homeland,” “The
Princess Bride”) lends his voice to Hattori, the senior designer at

WERNER HERZOG (“Jack Reacher,” filmmaker “Grizzly
Man”) voices Castorp, a mysterious visitor to Japan who encounters Jiro at
a mountain resort.

WILLIAM H. MACY (“Shameless,” “Fargo”)
steps into the role of Satomi, Nahoko’s father.

MAE WHITMAN (“Parenthood,” “The
Perks of Being a Wallflower”) was called on to voice Kayo Horikoshi,
Jiro’s younger sister, who adores him. Whitman also voices Kinu, Nahoko’s

JENNIFER GREY (“Dirty Dancing,” “The
Cotton Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) provides the voice of
Mrs. Kurokawa.

DARREN CRISS (“Girl Most Likely,” “Glee”)
lends his voice to Katayama, a jovial junior engineering colleague of Jiro.

ELIJAH WOOD (“Wilfred,” “Grand
Piano,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) voices Sone, a studious
engineering colleague of Jiro.

RONAN FARROW (“From Up on Poppy Hill”) is
the voice of the Mitsubishi Employee.


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Hopefully, the original version will be made available in at least the larger series (and later home video release). I saw that version and adored it.

That said, this voice cast seems decent considering. The only issue is if they can reign in Martin Short. Billy Crystal in HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE took you right out of the movie.


The original track features Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian, German and English; language differences are a key part of the characters' interrelations. All of this will be lost if everyone is speaking the same language.

And nothing says "mid-20th-Century Japan" like Martin Short, Emily Blunt and Mandy Patinkin.

(sighs and shakes head)

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