The Wind Rises

Anime master Hayao Miyazaki has been on the low for the past 5 years or so, quietly working on his next masterpiece "The Wind Rises" ("風立ちぬ"). This historical fantasy film is based on a short story by writer Tatsuo Hori from mid-20th century (Showa period) Japan. "The Wind Rises" is a fictionalised biography of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft which served in World War II. It touches on dark subjects like war, poverty, disease and the Great Kanto earthquake - Touchy subjects addressed in the film and in an essay written by Miyazaki which have already generated some controversy in Japan, as the filmmaker criticizes recent efforts to amend Japan’s constitution to allow a standing military force, a thing prohibited in the country’s post-war constitution. Despite all this, the film has been a box-office smash in Japan as expected from a Studio Ghibli piece, coming in at number one for a month straight. Hopefully we'll have more release information soon. In the meantime, here's the English-subbed trailer.

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