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Hayao Miyazaki’s Last Film, ‘The Wind Rises,’ Gets U.S. Theatrical Release

Legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but Disney is ensuring he’s going out big in the United States as well as his native Japan. A subtitled release of what’s reportedly his final film, The Wind Rises, will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles November 8-14 to make the movie eligible for Oscar contention, Variety reports.

Those cities and a handful of others will get a more pronounced limited release starting February 21. Fans will then have the opportunity to choose between a subtitled version and a dubbed one.

One tidbit about the film is that the sound designer apparently made all the sounds for the planes and trains in the film vocally. No word yet whether Ryan Gosling will be called in to make those sounds for the dubbed version.

Miyazaki is best known for animation, but he’s also acclaimed for his comics work over his long career. He was illustrating manga as far back as the late 1960s and most famously wrote and illustrated seven volumes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (which later received an animated feature). In fact, The Wind Rises is based on a Miyazaki manga of the same name about Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the world’s first monoplanes.

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