It almost seems like Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises has already come and gone. After a festival run and an Oscar qualifying stint in New York and LA, not to mention its summer release in Japan, it kind of already has.
But we knuckleheads in the flyover states still need to see it, and we'll get the chance this February. As a gentle reminder, we have this beautiful trailer, which focuses on all the wonderful visual flourish we come to expect from Miyazaki but none of the dialog we expect from movies in general. Instead there's a Japanese song. My Nihongo is rusty, but I believe the lyrics are, "Goodbye Miyazaki/You are not yet dead but you're retiring/ So we're getting your goodbye song out of the way now/That way it's on record/Love, Godzilla."
The Wind Rises is an over two-hour long look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a nice guy who designs genius airplanes and falls in love amid all kinds of crazy historical occurrences.