The Wind Rises

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Feature Film: 20 July 2013 / 126 minutes
Screenplay, Storyboards, Direction: Hayao Miyazaki
Based on the manga by Hayao Miyazaki, and a novel by Tatsuo Hori


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The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ Kaze Tachinu?) is the 11th animated theatrical film directed by Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli. Based on Miyazaki’s own manga and the 1937 short novel of the same name by Tatsuo Hori, this is the story of Jirō Horikoshi (堀越 二郎 Horikoshi Jirō?), the aircraft engineer most remembered for his design work on the Mitsubishi A6M Reisen “Zero”, Japan’s famous World War II fighter aircraft. During the WWII years, the Miyazaki family business manufactured aircraft parts, including the windshields and rudders used on the Zero. The roadshow poster's tag line reads, "We must try to live." The film opened on 454 screens across Japan in roadshow release on 20 July 2013. Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) is the voice of the main character, Jirō Horikoshi.

The film incorporates unique and unusual audio decisions including human vocals used for many of the sound effects and the sound mix being entirely in Monaural. Miyazaki has announced that this will be his last feature film (for real this time), as he feels at his age he can no longer make a film in a timely manner.


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