‘The Wind Rises’ Trailer: Hayao Miyazaki’s Animated Tale of Wartime Japan

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 15th, 2013 at 3:32 pm,

Hayao Miyazaki is undoubtedly one of the most famous names in Japanese animation, having produced and directed through his renowned production company Studio Ghibli films such as the Oscar-winning Spirited Away and the Oscar-nominated Howl’s Moving Castle.

Prior to 2013, Miyazaki’s most recent feature was the water fantasy Ponyo, in which a human boy becomes fast friends with a fish princess, but Miyazaki has moved on to slightly more mature themes with his new animated feature.

The Wind Rises spans over a decade of history between the 1920s and 1930s: a troubled period for many countries in the world, during which Japan was subject to the poverty of the Great Depression and the devastation of the Great Kanto Earthquake, before eventually becoming embroiled in World War II. Miyazaki’s film is loosely based on Tatsuo Hori’s novel of the same name, and is the largely fictionalized story of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, the planes he designed (including the Mitsubishi Zero), and his romance with a tuberculosis patient.

Hayao Mayazakis The Wind Rises Studio Ghibli banner The Wind Rises Trailer: Hayao Miyazakis Animated Tale of Wartime Japan

A subtitled trailer for The Wind Rises has just been released ahead of its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The animation is as beautiful as we’ve come to expect from Studio Ghibli films (the depiction of the earthquake looks particularly chilling), and the trailer runs to a generous four minutes with Japanese singer Yumi Arai’s song “Hikoki Gumo” providing the soundtrack. It also looks like The Wind Rises is going to be a merciless tearjerker, so be sure to bring a tissue if you make it to a screening.

Before turning The Wind Rises into a film, Miyazaki first adapted it as a serialized manga, and the director also wrote an accompanying essay in which he draws parallels between pre-WWII conditions in Japan and the country’s current economic and political situation. Miyazaki’s description of WWII as a “truly stupid war” and his condemnation of recent attempts to establish a standing army in Japan have been the cause of quite a bit of controversy, and it’s likely that such subjects will also be tackled in The Wind Rises.

Tell us if you like the look of this trailer for The Wind Rises, or if you’d rather Miyazaki stuck to directing fantasy films, in the comments.


The Wind Rises will premiere in North America at TIFF, but doesn’t yet have a US release date.

Source: TIFF (via /Film)

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  1. This looks absolutely AWESOME!!!!!
    It’s a got a serious side similar to Grave of the Fireflies but still keeping some of that Totoro whimsy that Miyazaki does so well.

    Can’t wait to see this, shame it will be on DVD, if only anime could get a cinema release her in the UK. (Yes I am aware that Akira has just had a limited cinema run)
    There’s always one ain’t there lol …..

    • They dont give them a theatrical run in the UK? for shame! Some anime and all Miyazaki movies will get a theatrical run in the states. I saw Ponyo and Howls Moving Castle in theaters :) looking forward to this one.

      • Take this in the nicest possible way
        G1T :)

        Jealous much….

  2. Definitely looking forward to this one. Hopefully it gets a theatrical release near me. I think the last anime movie that was actually available in Japanese(with subtitles of course) was Howl’s Moving Castle. Though even if English is the only choice, I may still go see this one in theaters.

    • In their defense, the eng dubs of Miyazakis movies have been great ever since Disney started to oversee them. The one for Mononoke was particularly bad imo. But Ponyo in contrast had great dubbing!

      Idk if you’re a purist that must see the movie in its original language (in which case you have my respect) or somebody who just hates bad dubs in any language. For me it depends on the movie and the quality of the dubbing.

  3. Looking forward to NOT seeing this in my local theater. :P

    Unless this wins some sort of international acclaim, my local theaters refuse to run them which really sucks.Last Miyazaki film I saw on the big screen was I believe Spirited Away.

    (and yes, Ponyo was here but was only for a very short while so I missed it)

  4. Looks beautiful as usual.

  5. YESSS! I am prepared to weep!

  6. Looks pretty amazing! I am sure a live action version would be to expensive.

  7. I love Miyazaki and can’t wait for this.

    But just want to point out that Japan didn’t technically become “embroiled” in WWII so much as they went on a rampage subjecting the Asian continent to their will…

    • … And to the author’s question, I’d prefer Miyazaki stick to fantasy generally speaking. But this might be a great movie nonetheless!

    • @John

      Definitely, they are just putting their spin on it to make them look like the good guys of the war…

      • Wait after you see the movie and comment.

  8. Ok, that looks good *puts in the want_to_watch list*

  9. I take it since this is made by the Japanese they don’t show them ruthlessly murdering civilians in China and other Asian countries even making a game out of how many babies they can catch on their bayonets? Yah, not interested in any movie making the Japanese look like good people in WWII…

    • No need to depict that when many countries in Asia were already doing it to their own people, including China and Korea. How easy it is to harp on other countries atrocities and turn blind eyes to your own. Tank, meet protester in Tiananmen square.

      It’s sad how people in the US never learn in school that the US carpet bombed cities in Japan that were of no military value because it was a war and Japan was the “enemy”. But Japan attacked first so it’s a-ok to kill civilians right?

      Or the US being the only country to use a weapon of mass destruction? Sending in their own troops to get irradiated because the US government was too stupid to fully understand how the weapon worked and what kind of devastation it would cause?

      This, my sad little friend is why Miyazaki called it a “stupid” war. It’s not the people living in a country that start wars, it’s the stupid people that gain power and lead the country into “stupid” wars and do “stupid” things.

      But you know what’s great about countries like US and Japan? They shook hands and called it a day and decided to work together instead of regurgitating past slights in the corner like certain other countries still do.

      So go back to crying over imagined past slights in your sad, little corner and leave the world for people who really understand why things happen and learn from them and move on by learning from the mistakes of our elders.

      • LMAO! Oh, I really enjoy reading comments made by people like you who are so convinced of your higher intelligence. The depth of your delusion is literally some of the best entertainment money cannot buy, lol. Thank you. :-)

      • It’s hilarious how you think you are smart when it’s truly the opposite.

        “No need to depict that when many countries in Asia were already doing it to their own people”

        Really? Since when have other Asian countries have done such ruthless atrocities in the same manner as the Japanese? You do realize that the person you’re replying to is NOT making anything up, right?

        Yes, other Asian countries, or at least one, may have committed atrocities but that was within their OWN borders; Japan was an external power doing it outside their mainland. Also, it doesn’t change the fact that the Japanese have indeed committed numerous and horrible atrocities in WWII.

        “It’s sad how people in the US never learn in school that the US carpet bombed cities in Japan”

        Ahhh, your arrogance is so sickening. Before posting a prediction that’s completely wrong, try doing some research whether or not your prediction holds true (Answer: It does not). You’re no better than any other American, keep that in mind.

        Remember, this movie was set in early 20th century Japan. If you’re going to mention other events to support your claim, try to at least stay within the same timeline of the movie or the war. Seriously, how did the Tiananmen Square massacre end up in your argument? That was in 1989, it had nothing to do with the war…

        The person’s point was that he doesn’t like the idea of war movies making the Japanese look like great people. The Japanese were far worse than the Nazis in the war, considering the horrible atrocities they have done.

        Obviously, you missed his point.

  10. Looks amazing but they gotta change that music. Hopefully it’ll be in English as well.

    • you’ll prbly never see this reply comment, but I thought the exact same thing when I watched it.

      I found a solution.. Watch the trailer in mute while playing the first track from Spirited Away OST and its awesome! The song does end a little bit before the trailer does but the epic music makes the movie look a lot better.

  11. Just saw this (in Japanese) in Fukuoka. Simply awesome in every respect. Now that I’m back stateside, I’ll be traveling to the upcoming Toronto Film Festival or the one in NYC to see it again.