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Miyazaki’s Oscar Nominated Film THE WIND RISES Coming to U.S. Theaters February 2014
January 16, 2014 Entertainment

This post will have the official information for Studio Ghibli’s THE WIND RISES from Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki opening nationwide on February 28, 2014.  In THE WIND RISES, Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci).  Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, Jiro becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.  THE WIND RISES was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

THE WIND RISES

The film chronicles much of Jiro’s life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war.  Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko (voice of Emily Blunt), and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo (voice of John Krasinski).  Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

THE WIND RISES

THE WIND RISES. © 2013 Nibariki – GNDHDDTK

THE WIND RISES

THE WIND RISES. © 2013 Nibariki – GNDHDDTK

THE WIND RISES

THE WIND RISES. © 2013 Nibariki – GNDHDDTK

THE WIND RISES

THE WIND RISES. © 2013 Nibariki – GNDHDDTK

THE WIND RISES

THE WIND RISES. © 2013 Nibariki – GNDHDDTK

THE WIND RISES

THE WIND RISES. © 2013 Nibariki – GNDHDDTK

 

  • THE WIND RISES was released in Japan in July 2013, topping the Japanese box office and the $120 million mark.
  • Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most influential and admired filmmakers and a major figure in the Japanese cinematic landscape.  His films have inspired moviegoers and colleagues around the world, from Pixar’s John Lasseter to fantasist Guillermo del Toro to Chinese director Tsui Hark, and consistently top the box office in his native Japan.
  • Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
  • Hayao Miyazaki has directed eight feature films, including the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” (2001), as well as “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988), “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004) and “Ponyo” (2008), among others.  THE WIND RISES marks his last film as his retirement plans were announced in 2013.
  • The title THE WIND RISES comes from a novel of the same name by Tatsuo Hori, who took a line from Paul Valéry’s poem, “Le vent se lève, il faut tenter de vivre. ” – The wind is rising. We must try to live.
  • Gary Rydstrom, seven-time Academy Award-winning sound designer (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Titanic”), worked on “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Brave.”  He directed the English-language versions of “The Secret World of Arrietty” and “From Up on Poppy Hill.”

From Studio Ghibli, THE WIND RISES is slated for limited release in North American theaters on Feb. 21, 2014, and expanded release on Feb. 28, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner.

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