Get ready fans for the domestic release of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises coming out of American theaters this February 2014. The new animated film written and directed by award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo) adapted from his own manga of the same name which was loosely based on the short story The Wind Has Risen by Tatsuo Hori.
The Wind Rises also known as Kaze Tachinu was originally opened in Japan on July 20, 2013. The movie based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a World War II designer of Zero fighters including the Mitsubishi A6M Zero which was used by the imperial Japanese navy for kamikaze missions and during the Pearl Harbor bombing.
The Wind Rises Synopsis
Jirou dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jirou 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.
Key historical events deeply affected the course of Jirou’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 Naoko, grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjou, and innovates tremendously, leading the aviation world into the future. (Source: Venice International Film Festival)
Watch out for Kaze Tachinu release in North American theaters on Feb. 21, 2014, and expanded release on Feb. 28, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. The Wind Rises also opens for Academy Award qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, 2013, showcasing the original film in Japanese with English subtitles.