A poster for Hayao Miyazaki's film "The Wind Rises." (Studio Ghibli / Disney)Link
A new trailer for “The Wind Rises” is out, offering a glimpse at the film legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his last.
The Studio Ghibli release tells the story of real-life Japanese engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Zero fighter plane. The film, based on a short story by Japanese poet Hori Tatsuo, follows Jiro through pre-World War II Japan, the country’s devastating 1923 earthquake, a tuberculosis epidemic and economic troubles that preceded the war. It’s a departure from Miyazaki’s previous work, which often relied on myth, magical realism and a strong focus on nature.
“The Wind Rises,” which marks Miyazaki’s first time directing since “Ponyo” five years ago, was released briefly earlier this month for an Oscar-qualifying run. Originally in Japanese with English subtitles, “The Wind Rises” will be released for North American audiences under Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner beginning Feb. 21 with a limited release and then expanding on Feb. 28.
Miyazaki, beloved for his gorgeous animated features, including “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke” and the Academy Award winner “Spirited Away,” has announced his retirement from making animated features. Instead, Miyazaki, 72, will focus on his manga and producing short films for Studio Ghibli’s museum.
“I’m just happy I don’t have to think about my next movie,” Miyazaki told Times reporter Rebecca Keegan. “I would rather go on my walks. There’s a nursery next door to my studio and I can hear children, which I like very much.”
His son, Goro Miyazaki, directed Studio Ghibli’s last film, “From Up on Poppy Hill.”
Watch the trailer for “The Wind Rises” and check out stills from the film in the gallery above.
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