Hayao Miyazaki’s films have transcended typical stereotypes of Japanese animated film. They’re aren’t anime or even just cartoons for small children. They are experiences that are universal in their appeal and message and new Miyazaki is always a worldwide event. The legendary filmmaker is noted for his fantasy films, but his newest promises to tell a story with its feet rooted firmly in reality (Japanese history, to be precise).
Here is the first footage of Miyazaki’s new film The Wind Rises. It tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer at Mitsubishi who designed the infamous A6M Zero, the Japanese fighter that participated in the bombing at Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific theater of World War II.
Although the story is steeped in reality, Miyazaki’s unmistakable whimsy is ever present in those thirty-five seconds on breezy footage. The animation, so far, looks predictably beautiful. I hope the tale it tells follows suit.
It’ll be interesting to see how American audiences take to this film’s stances, but I’d be thoroughly shocked if its subject matter proved controversial or a detriment to its moneymaking potential stateside; fans of animation, and Miyazaki in particular, will flock to see this picture regardless of its content.
It’s brief look, sure, but it it offers a glimpse into what we’ll see when the film sees its Japanese release on July 20th. No domestic release date has been set.