It has been six years since beloved animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki delivered 2008’s “Ponyo,” but fans of his work have a reason to get excited again. Miyazaki’s got a new movie on the way, one that promises to give viewers another window on a wholly unique world, and the first footage has arrived.
Debuting on Japanese TV — hence the shots of random dudes in the top right corner, overlaid text and voiceover — a 30-second montage/teaser of footage from “The Wind Rises” has dropped, and well, it looks Miyazaki-esque in the best way possible. Based on the novel by Tatsuo Hori and the manga by Miyazaki, the film is inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter plane that was used during World War II, most infamously during the Pearl Harbor attack, which perhaps points to a shift in direction from Miyazaki. However, the humanity and gorgeous imagery he tends to be known for is certainly glimpsed here.
We’d imagine a longer trailer is just around the corner as the movie opens in Japan on July 20th. No U.S. date yet. Watch below. [The Film Stage]