Walt Disney Studios has released a new clip from Hayao Miyazaki’s film The Wind Rises, which chronicles the life of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of Japan’s Zero fighter. The movie, nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award, will receive a limited release on February 21, 2014, with an expanded release on February 28. The English dub cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiro, along with Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, and Jennifer Grey.
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 from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his 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. 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. For more information, see the website at http://www.thewindrisesmovie.com, like “The Wind Rises” on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thewindrisesmovie, follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WindRisesFilm, and subscribe to “The Wind Rises” on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/thewindrisesmovie.