Over the past few days the Toronto International Film Festival has been releasing trailers for many of the films they’ve chosen to run this year, and now, thanks to their efforts, we’ve got a trailer for animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, The Wind Rises, complete with English subtitles to help give us ugly Americans some context to understand everything that’s happening on the screen.
Given the fact that this trailer is a little over four minutes long, some may be reluctant to give it a watch, worried that it might show too much and spoil the film, but really that isn’t any kind of concern here. The English subtitles do give us a better understanding of what all this beautiful imagery is about than we had when a trailer for the film’s Japanese release first hit, but Miyazaki being Miyazaki, he’s of course made something that’s clearly too complex and original to be fully grasped from a plot summary or a series of clips. So feel free to click away and see how epic in scope but meticulous in attention to detail his new work is.
If you watched all of that and you still feel like you’d like to have more info regarding what this film is about, TIFF’s schedule summarized its plot by saying, “This decade-spanning epic from maestro Hayao Miyazaki is his most unique films to date, inspired by the true stories of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one the most beautiful airplanes in history — the famed Zero fighter — and the poet Tatsuo Hori, whose verses are brought to life by the vivid animation of Studio Ghibli.”
The Wind Rises still doesn’t have a North American distribution deal, but hopefully once it plays Venice and then Toronto, someone in a position of power will be inspired enough by it to scoop it up and bring it over.