Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Has Risen”) in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the magazine “Gekkan Model Graphics.”
From the description and the images from the manga (above), the film seems to have similarities to the director’s 1992 “Porco Rosso,” which focused on a 1920s bush pilot who looked like a humanoid pig.
Miyazaki’s last film was 2008’s “Ponyo.” The director won a Best Animated Feature Oscar for 2001’s “Spirited Away,” and was nominated for 2004’s “Howl’s Moving Castle.” “Spirited Away” still holds the title of Japan’s all-time biggest box office hit.
Repertory theater audiences in select cities were treated to the Studio Ghibli retrospective touring program this past year, with a number of Miyazaki titles screening in new 35mm prints.
Japan’s top distributor Toho will release “Kaze Tachinu.” No word on US distribution.