The Wind Rises is animator extraordinaire Hayao Miyazaki's first film in half a decade. It's a massive departure from form for Miyazaki, who normally specializes in piecing together dizzyingly beautiful fantasy worlds, as he did to great acclaim in the castle of Castle in The Sky, the alternate reality of Spirited Away and the magical forests of Princess Mononoke, amongst others.
The historical drama centers on fairly heavy themes for an animated film – it depicts a fictionalized version of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed fighter planes used by Japan in the Second World War, and will also cover the Great Kanto Earthquake and the poverty and disease common to the time in Japan.
Happily, the difficult subject matter hasn't put audiences off so far – it's held the number one spot in Japan for the past month.
Feast your eyes on the trailer below – the earthquake scene in particular sent shivers down my spine!
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