This week in Aussie cinemas we have the long-awaited new film from famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu). The story follows an aircraft engineer in pre-war Japan, loosely based on Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero fighter plane used in WWII, and Miyazaki had said at one point that it would be his final film.
(I believe I’ve read somewhere that he’s since decided not to retire quite so soon — here’s hoping there’s another few celluloid wonders from the great director!)
Buzz for this one is strong, even for a Ghibli picture: it was the highest-grossing Japanese film domestically in 2013, and it has been nominated for the Oscan for Best Animated Feature as well.
Here’s a trailer: