News Madman Publishes Hayao Miyazaki Timeline for The Wind Rises
Madman posted the video entitled "The Genius and Wonder of Hayao Miyazaki" on their YouTube channel on Wednesday the 15th of January 2014. The video visits a collection of Miyazaki's work as director and illustrator from The Castle of Cagliostro and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind through to The Wind Rises.
Madman have also created an interactive time-line on The Wind Rises website. You can now purchase tickets for the Sydney premiere event on Wednesday the 19th of February at Dendy Newtown and Melbourne's premiere event on Thursday the 20th of February at Cinema Nova. Attendees to both events will be given a limited edition Japanese poster and be able to win special Studio Ghibli prizes on the night.
The Wind Rises was announced as part of Madman's "12 Announcements of Christmas" in December and the film will be released around Australia theatrically on the 27th of February 2014.
The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)
A semi-biographical film following the (fictional) life of Jiro Horikoshi, The Wind Rises follows Jiro as he dreams of flying beautiful aeroplanes. However due to his eyesight Jiro cannot fly, so after inspirational dreams of famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni he turns to designing and creating airplanes. The film covers Jiro's childhood through to his creation of the Mitsubishi A5M (the predecessor to the A6M Zero fighter plane for WWII) and the historical events in-between including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, The Great Depression and Japan's decent into war.
You can also view Madman's trailer for The Wind Rises here.
The Wind Rises is based on Hayao Miyazaki's 2009 mini-manga of the same name itself based on Tatsuo Hori's 1938 novel, The Wind Has Risen. Miyazaki is credited with both directing and creating the screenplay at Studio Ghibli with animation direction and character design by Kitaro Kousaka (Whisper of the Heart, Spirited Away) and music by frequent Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi.
The Japanese voice cast includes Evangelion director Hideaki Anno as main character Jirō Horikoshi alongside former idol Miori Takimoto as Naoko Satomi, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Steve Alpert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Mirai Jita, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Ōtake, and Mansai Nomura. Studio Ghibli International and producer Frank Marshall (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo) has directed the English dub with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiro Horikoshi and Emily Blunt as Nahoko Satomi alongside Martin Short, Stanley Tucci and Mae Whitman (you can view the rest of the English cast here.
This will be Hayao Miyazaki's last film as Director due to his recently announced retirement.