Studio Ghibli has released a teaser for director Hayao Miyazaki's forthcoming animated feature, The Wind Rises (Kaze ga Tachinu), giving fans a 35-second glimpse at the highly-anticipated project.
The film tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the infamous Japanese Zero Fighters used in World War II. The Wind Rises opens in Japan on July 20, but no U.S. release date has been set as of now.
According to a report by the Anime News Network, Miyazaki said the project marks the first time that he cried for one of his films.
Watch the teaser, below:
In February 2009, Miyazaki launched a two-part manga mini-series called "Kaze Tachinu" that focuses on Jirō Horikoshi, the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. Author Tatsuo Hori also wrote a novel called Kaze Tachinu, and the film's tagline on the poster references both real-life figures and paraphrases Hori's book: “Show respect for Jiro Horikoshi and Tatsuo Hori. We must try to live.” (Hori himself was reportedly quoting Paul Valéry's "Le cimetière marin" or "The Graveyard by The Sea" poem, which read, "Le vent se lève! . . . il faut tenter de vivre!" or "The Wind Is Rising! . . . We must try to live!")