Miyazaki’s Final Feature Film, The Wind Rises, Sub and Dub Dated

With all the talk of Miyazaki’s retirement and his final film, The Wind Rises, news of an American release has finally been announced. Geoffrey Wexler, the head of the international division of Ghibli, stated that The Wind Rises will see an English dub/sub release February 21st next year. It’s opening as a limited release but will subsequently see a wider release.

However, in order to qualify for an Oscar, subtitled screenings will be featured in New York and Los Angeles for a 6-day run from November 8th to November 14th.

For those that don’t know, Evangelion director Hideaki Anno voiced the protagonist of the film, Jirō Horikoshi, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane that was Japan’s famed plane during World War II.

Purist that prefer subs over dubs have been implored by Wexler to give this dubbing a chance. Ghibli films have always had a good track record in terms of dubbing; Christian Bale as Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, Kirsten Dunst as Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the list goes on. Typically, the voice actors for the English dubs of Ghibli films weren’t typically casted as voice actors but they’ve all done a stellar job bringing these characters to life and making them believable. The Wind Rises should be no different in this regard.

As Miyazaki’s final film, I’m saddened that it would be such a serious film with real world parallels and not a fantastical adventure-I will undoubtedly watch The Wind Rises and I am not saying otherwise. Hopefully he’ll continue to create adventure stories through short films (because I’m nostalgia-blinded and that’s the Miyazaki I’ve grown up with). In any case, I hope The Wind Rises does will and Miyazaki will continue to create- through short films- for many years to come.

Here’s a trailer for the movie from the Toronto Film Festival:

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Source: Variety

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