The next Hayao Miyazaki film is set to arrive in U.S. theaters in February, and we have the first trailer for The Wind Rises right now.

In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. 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, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. 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. The film will also open for Academy Award® qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, 2013, showcasing the original film in Japanese with English subtitles.

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  1. November 20, 2013 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Ghibli movies have the phenomenal ability to be accessible, beautiful, and inspirational. I always walk away feeling like a better person for having experienced them. I can’t wait to see this.

  2. November 20, 2013 at 9:50 am — Reply

    I believe this is his last movie as well.

    • November 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm — Reply

      His last feature-length movie, at least. It seems like that part gets stressed enough to suggest he may do some other works.

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