Hayao Miyazaki’s Newest Work Released in Japan

The newest film from the same director who brought you The Secret World of Arriety and From up on Poppy Hill, Mr. Hayao Miyazaki, has been released in Japan. Miyazaki has been absent from the directing scene for almost five years with his last work being Ponyo, which was released in 2008, making the release of this newest film all the more significant.

Kaze Tachinu (that is, “The Wind Rises”) greeted Japanese audiences on July 20th. Based on the manga of the same name, Kaze Tachinu is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi. The film follows Horikoshi, who is voiced by Hideaki Anno, as he designs and engineers aircraft for use during World War II. Be sure to check out the trailer below. As you can see, it looks to start off like a pretty typical period piece — and then the imagery gets pretty intense.

Here’s hoping we get a translated version of the film sooner rather than later.