Big-name Hollywood actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt are among the stars that will dub Hayao Miyazaki’s blockbuster film “The Wind Rises,” (Kaze Tachinu) slated to be released by Disney in the U.S. cinemas by early 2014. Aside from gaining awards buzz and nominations, the film also has the distinction of being the anime master’s last feature-length film after he announced his retirement in September.
Gordon-Levitt will voice the lead character, Jiro Hiroshiko, a young Japanese boy born in the early 20th century who grows up to become the inventor of the Zero fighter plane, the central component of the Imperial Japanese Navy fighters in World War II. The other actors who lent their voices to the film are Stanley Tucci, Elijah Wood, William H. Macy and even famed German director Werner Herzog. It is set for a February 21 release in North American theaters as a highly anticipated last opus from Miyazaki.
It is not without its controversy as some sectors see the Studio Ghibli film as too anti-war, but that hasn’t stopped it from earning $120 million in the domestic market alone. It is also poised to end up as the year’s highest-grossing movie in Japan. It has also earned critical acclaim and is an early front-runner for an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. It has also received a surprise Best Foreign Language nomination in the Golden Globes awards and was named the best animated film of 2013 by the National Board of Review.
Gordon-Levitt is a huge Miyazaki fan and said on his social network accounts yesterday that The Wind Rises is “one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen.” He said that compared to Miyazaki’s other films, this one is more grounded in reality but still has a “flavor of magic” in it. Producer Frank Marshall said that it was only fitting that the “beauty and magic” of his last film would bring together a “remarkable” ensemble cast.
[ via Variety ]