The Wind Rises (Kaze ga Tachinu) is the latest animated film from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, famous for such classics like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. The film is based on a manga by Miyazaki, which was in turn based on a short story by author Tatsuo Hori. The Wind Rises is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the famous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane which was used extensively by the Japanese during World War II.
The film marks the directorial return of Miyazaki, who has been on hiatus for almost five years since the 2008 release of Ponyo. The Japanese cast for The Wind Rises also has features a pretty noteworthy addition, Evangelion creator and director Hideaki Anno who plays the main character Horikoshi. The teaser above provides only a small glimpse of what we can expect, but it’s easy to see the similarities to Miyazaki’s previous works. He has gone on record as saying, however, that this is the first time that one of his own films has ever made him cry, so it should be pretty special.
The Wind Rises will be out in Japanese theaters on July 20, and will likely be localized in the west not too long after.