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Hayao Miyazaki's First Film in 5 Years 'Kaze Tachinu' Coming in 2013

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 13, 2012 at 2:55PM

Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Has Risen") in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the magazine "Gekkan Model Graphics."
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Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" manga
Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" manga

Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Has Risen") in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the magazine "Gekkan Model Graphics."

From the description and the images from the manga (above), the film seems to have similarities to the director's 1992 "Porco Rosso," which focused on a 1920s bush pilot who looked like a humanoid pig.

Miyazaki's last film was 2008's "Ponyo." The director won a Best Animated Feature Oscar for 2001's "Spirited Away," and was nominated for 2004's "Howl's Moving Castle." "Spirited Away" still holds the title of Japan's all-time biggest box office hit.

Repertory theater audiences in select cities were treated to the Studio Ghibli retrospective touring program this past year, with a number of Miyazaki titles screening in new 35mm prints.

Japan's top distributor Toho will release "Kaze Tachinu." No word on US distribution.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.