Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki has earned international renown through films like My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and Spirited Away. This year, the filmmaker is returning to the big screen with Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), a fictionalized biopic of aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi. Horikoshi is most famous for having engineered the Zero Fighter plane flown by the Japanese during World War II.
This week, Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli released the first teaser footage from Kaze Tachinu, and it looks great. While showcasing Miyazaki's classic animation style, the clip also revamps it with an even brighter burst of color than we've seen in his past work. Unfortunately, our Japanese is rudimentary at best, so we have no idea what is actually being said... Still, there's no doubt that this is a movie about an aerospace engineer — the 30-second clip shows a birdlike airplane take flight and soar over vibrant green pastures.
The soft mandolin music is a nice touch, and the image of a woman painting under an umbrella in windy field is reminiscent of Monet's Woman with a Parasol. Kaze Tachinu is scheduled for a July 20 release in Japan, and it's unknown when it will hit theaters in the U.S. For now, we will have to content ourselves with this small piece of what's promises to be another anime masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki.