Watch The US Trailer For Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’

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Hayao Miyazaki’s alleged final feature, The Wind Rises, just finished its run of Oscar-qualifying festival screenings, and we certainly expect it to be up for “Best Animated Feature” based on the current, gleaming reviews.

While the film was released in Japan earlier this year, we won’t get an official release here in the US until February 21 (limited run), followed by its wide release on February 28 via Disney. Current screenings were provided in its original Japanese format with English subtitles (the best way to view Miyazaki’s works), but once released in February, there will be both a subtitled and dubbed version with English voice-overs, like most Studio Ghibli versions released here. The voice actors that will be contributing their talents to the film are currently unknown, but based on past contributors such as Christian Bale, Tiny Fey, Matt Damon, and Betty White, we suspect there will be some notable names attached.

After the jump you can view the beautiful new US trailer for The Wind Rises, which tells the story of “Jiro—inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni—who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war.” You can read the film’s full synopsis after the trailer.

In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro—inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni—dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro—the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

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