Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to aeronautics engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's final feature and the initial critical and public reaction has been positive - VERY positive. Check Charles Solomon's rave review here. The awards buzz has begun and the picture is being groomed for Oscars, Annies and Golden Globes. 

The Wind Rises has already opened Academy Award qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles. It's slated for limited release in North American theaters on Feb. 21st, 2014, and an expanded release on Feb. 28th, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. Here's our first look at the elegant US trailer.