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Miyazaki & Ghibli's The Wind Rises Unveils More of Cast, 6th Poster

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Also: 1st Ghibli-only store outside of Japan opens in Hong Kong

The official Twitter account for Studio Ghibli's international branch posted a sixth official movie poster for director Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (Kaze ga Tachinu) film on Thursday. The poster features protagonist Jirō Horikoshi looking up at an airplane.

In addition, the official website for the film revealed nine more cast members, in addition to Evangelion co-creator Hideaki Anno playing Horikoshi:
Former idol Miori Takimoto as Naoko Satōmi
Hidetoshi Nishijima as Honjō
Masahiko Nishimura as Kurokawa
Steve Alpert as Kastrup
Morio Kazama as Satomi
Keiko Takeshita as Jirō's Mother
Mirai Jita as Kayo Horikoshi
Jun Kunimura as Hattori
Shinobu Ōtake as Kurokawa's Wife
Mansai Nomura as Caproni

The official Studio Ghibli Twitter account also announced that the studio would be opening their first official Ghibli store outside of Japan. The Ghibli stores in Japan carry official merchandise related to the studio's various films, including Kiki's Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and Princess Mononoke.

In February 2009, Miyazaki launched a two-part manga mini-series called "Kaze Tachinu" that focuses on Jirō Horikoshi, the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. Author Tatsuo Hori also wrote a novel called Kaze Tachinu, and the film's tagline on the poster references both real-life figures and paraphrases Hori's book: "Show respect for Jiro Horikoshi and Tatsuo Hori. We must try to live." (Hori himself was reportedly quoting Paul Valéry's "Le cimetière marin" or "The Graveyard By The Sea" poem, which read, "Le vent se lève! . . . il faut tenter de vivre!" or "The wind is rising! . . . We must try to live!")

52-year-old Evangelion director Hideaki Anno will also be included in the cast, making his feature anime film voice-acting debut as the protagonist Jirō Horikoshi.

TOHO had planned to release another anime film from Ghibli, Isao Takahata's Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), on the same day as The Wind Rises. However, TOHO announced in February that it delayed Takahata's film until this fall.

Singer and songwriter Yumi Matsutoya will perform the song “Hikōki Gumo” (Airplane Cloud) as a theme song for the film. She also composed the song when she was 16 years old.

The Wind Rises will premiere in Japan on July 20.

Source: Cinema Today

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