Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises doesn't even have an American release date but has been enjoying great success in Japan. The film will make its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
This trailer isn't really new, but the film's TIFF inclusion brings with it some very helpful English subtitles. The visual beauty on display speaks for itself, but now we have a better sense of story and tone.
With a focus on Japanese cultural history and dearth of fantastic elements, The Wind Rises provides a departure from Miyazaki's more recent works. The story of real life combat plane designer Jiro Horikoshi and poet Tatsuo Hori, The Wind Rises looks far more naturalistic and dramatic than usual and has even been the source of some controversy in Japan.
Obviously, a new Miyazaki film is cause for celebration regardless what it's about. But this one does seem particularly special. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long to get a release date.