The Wind Rises Opens in Australia and New Zealand

posted on 2014-02-27 02:00 EST
Hayao Miyazaki's last feature film has opened to a full screening season in Australia today;

The Wind Rises will be available at select cinemas around Australia for a full screening season. If you would like to catch the film please find your local cinema below;

If you would like a reminder of Hayao Miyazaki's career before you view The Wind Rises please check out Madman's interactive time-line and "The Genius and Wonder of Hayao Miyazaki" on You Tube. You can of course find more information on Madman's release of The Wind Rises on their website.

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.

Disney released the film in North America, and Studio Ghibli International produced the English-language dub starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt with producer Frank Marshall (From Up on Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo).

The Wind Rises topped Japan's box office for 2013 taking in over ¥12 billion to date ($130 million AUD). Joe Hisashi has been short listed in the Oscars for best score and The Wind Rises has also been nominated for the Golden Globe's best foreign language film.

This will be Hayao Miyazaki's last film as Director due to his recently announced retirement.

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