How exciting is this ? Studio Ghibli has announced the release for Miyazaki Hayao’s upcoming animated film Kaze Tachinu ( The Wind Rises ) in Summer 2013. This will be the first time in 5 years (since Ponyo) that he has directed a feature length film.
Kaze Tachinu is based on the serialized manga appearing in the Japanese monthly magazine Model Graphix from 2010-11, which in turn is adapted from a short novel of the same name by Tatsuo Hori, written in 1936-37.
(below) One of the original watercolor illustrations by Miyazaki-san that appeared in Model Graphix magazine.
From what I understand, the film will also touch on elements from Jiro Horikoshi’s life, who was the lead engineer for many WWII Japanese fighter planes, including the Zero Fighter. I hope Miyazaki-san will only allude to the events of the war and not depict any of it.
Kaze Tachinu is one of two film releases slated by Ghibli in summer 2013, the other being Isao Takahata’s ( Miyazaki-san’s mentor ) Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari ( The Tale of Princess Kaguya ).
While this is still speculation at this point, I have a hunch that the Ghibli Museum might hold a special art exhibition for both films during their release ( as it has done for many of its films in the past ), so if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo next year, you might want check on the Ghibli Museum website from time to time for updates.
The official site for Kaze Tachinu is at http://kazetachinu.jp/
More information on both films can be found at the excellent Nausicaa.net.