Thursday, September 12, 2013

North American release plans for Mizayaki's finale, 'The Wind Rises,' revealed

Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki's final film, "The Wind Rises," saw its North American premiere on Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. At the same time, Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli revealed their North American release plans for the film (via Coming Soon).

"The Wind Rises" will open with Academy Award qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles from Nov. 8-14, 2013, in Japanese with English subtitles. Limited release, presumably dubbed, is scheduled for North American theaters on Feb. 21, 2014. Expanded released will take place on Feb. 28, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner.

The film made its international debut at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the film is based on the manga of the same name, which is in turn based on a short story by Tatsuo Hori. It is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi who designed both the Mitsubishi A5M (which is featured in the movie) and its successor, the famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero.

In the film, Jiro is inspired by the famed Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. While his poor vision prevents him from becoming a pilot, in a dream Caproni tells him that building planes is better than flying them, and Jiro eventually becomes an aircraft designer.

In the film's final scenes, a dream sequence, Jiro feels regret for his inventions, which were used by Japan in World War II, and the deaths they caused. Caproni, though, tells him his dreams were realized, nonetheless.

A trailer from the Toronto International Film Festival is embedded.

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