TheWind-Rises1

If there’s one thing that Hayao Miyazaki loves (besides animation, obviously), it’s flight. Nearly all of the legendary animator’s films have seen characters take to the skies in one gorgeous sequence after another, via dragons, broomsticks, fighter planes, Totoros, and anything else willing to go airborne. Miyazaki’s latest film, The Wind Rises, puts his love of flying front and center, and today marks the arrival of a brand new (and absolutely gigantic) four-minute trailer. Check it out below.

You may have noticed that the footage from The Wind Rises has no subtitles, but that won’t matter to diehard Miyazaki fans (and the diehard diehards have undoubtedly already learned Japanese). And luckily, there isn’t that much dialogue in the trailer to begin with. But what’s present in abundance is gorgeous animation; especially where flight is concerned.

The Wind Rises is based on a manga (also by Miyazaki), which is in turn based on a Japanese short story from the late 1930′s by Tatsuo Hori. All this source material is centered on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, an engineer who designed numerous fighter jets during World War II, including the Zero fighter aircraft used in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. But aside from a brief dark note at the trailer’s end, it’s safe to expect uplifting flight footage rather than any kind of  mass carnage from Miyazaki’s latest.

The Wind Rises releases in Japan on July 20, 2013. No United States release date has been announced.


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