Hayao Miyazaki, director of the acclaimed animated film’s “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke,” has premiered the trailer for his latest film “The Wind Rises,” set to premier next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Unlike many of Miyazaki’s most well-known works that combine fantasy and magical realism, “The Wind Rises” follows the true story of Japanese engineer Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the World War II-era Zero fighter plane. Read the Toronto International Film Festival’s summary of “The Wind Rises” below.
This decades-spanning epic from maestro Hayao Miyazaki is his most unique films to date. Inspired by the stories of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one the most beautiful airplanes in history -- the famed Zero fighter -- and the writer Tatsuo Hori, this tale of love and perseverance in a turbulent world is brought to life by the vivid animation of Studio Ghibli.
“The Wind Rises” is the subject of some controversy in Japan. While not explicitly an anti-war film, “The Wind Rises” strongly criticizes Japan’s involvement in World War II. In addition to Miyazaki’s comments that Japan should issue a formal apology to Korean and Chinese “comfort women,” the message of “The Wind Rises” has led to outrage among nationalist right-wing politicians in Japan.
At this point, no English dub of the film has been announced, and the film and trailer will be presented with the original Japanese and overlaid English subtitles.
Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” is set to premier during the Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 5-15. The festival’s full schedule -- including “The Wind Rises’” premier date -- will be announced on Aug. 20.
Check out the trailer for “The Wind Rises” below.
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