Disney and Studio Ghibli have finalized the stateside release and awards qualification engagement for Hayao Miyazaki’s latest (and, according to his retirement plans, his last) film, “The Wind Rises.” The film is slated for a limited release in the US on February 21, 2014, and will expand on February 28.
It will have an Academy Awards qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York from November 7-14. For these engagements, the film will be shown in its original Japanese-language version, with English subtitles.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro—inspired by the famous Italian
aeronautical designer Caproni—dreams of flying and designing beautiful
airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro
joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in
1927. His genius is soon recognized, and
he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The
film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply
affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of
1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into
war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his
friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the
aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro
Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character
Jiro—the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of
living and making choices in a turbulent world.
The film made its world premiere at Venice earlier this month, and just had its North American premiere in Toronto. A review roundup is here.