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Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises on DVD and Double Play in September

7 August 2014

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.

The Wind Rises [Kaze tachinu] chronicles much of Jiro's life, depicting key historical events including The Great Kanto earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic, and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to 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.

To say Hayao Miyazaki has been inspiring and enthralling both audiences and filmmakers alike over the course of his remarkable career does scant justice to the influence of the Studio Ghibli co-founder on contemporary Film, Animation and Pop Culture around the globe. Lauded by the likes of John Lasseter of Disney Pixar as “one of the great filmmakers of our time” he has produced in the likes of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle what many would regard as the pinnacle of hand drawn animation and storytelling.

The Wind Rises is the most fitting swansong to his career and legacy that fans could wish for, a paean to invention, creativity, inspiration and the belief that in the pursuit of one’s dreams anything is possible.

Miyazaki takes as his inspiration the historical figures of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the famous Mitsubushi Zero fighter plane series, and novelist Tatsuo Hori, whose novel ‘The Wind Has Risen’ tells the tragic story of a young woman in a TB sanitarium in the mountains of Japan. Inspired by a single quote from the real Horikoshi “All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful”, by adapting his own manga of the same name he has crafted a vibrant anime exploring 1930s youth in a period of tremendous upheaval.

The first film directed solely by Miyazaki since Ponyo (2008) The Wind Rises became the highest grossing Japanese film of last year in Japan and went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature as well as nominations for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and Japan Academy Prize for Animation of The Year. A very special film that allows Miyazaki to express to fans through the poetry of his animation and in the character of Jiro, the vision and guiding artistic principles that have underpinned his whole career. The Wind Rises is the last chance to own a piece of Miyazaki’s work.

The Wind Rises will be released on UK DVD and Double Play (another term for DVD and Blu-ray in the same package) on 29 September 2014 by StudioCanal at the RRP of £19.99 for the DVD and £24.99 for the double play. A Collector's Edition will also be released on the same day at the RRP of £29.99.

The release features original language version with subtitles & English-language dub with voice-cast including Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Stanley Tucci.

Special features on the DVD will be:

  • Feature Storyboards
  • Original Japanese trailers and TV spots
  • Trailers

Special features on the Double Play and Collector's Edition:

  • Feature Storyboards
  • Original Japanese trailers and TV spots
  • Press conference for the announcement of completion of the film
  • Trailers