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Disney Announces Release Date of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises

September 12, 2013  |  3:20pm
Disney Announces Release Date of Hayao Miyazaki's <i>The Wind Rises</i>

Deadline reports that The Wind Rises, the supposed final feature-length film from renowned Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki, will be released in select theaters on Feb. 21 before expanding into a wider release a week later.

The film, which will be released under Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner, will apparently also be playing at several locations in Los Angeles and New York City from Nov. 8-14 in order to qualify for Oscar consideration.

A top grosser in Japanese cinemas for the past eight weeks, the film is set to make its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight.

In a change of pace from Miyazaki’s more whimsical, fantasy-heavy fare, The Wind Rises chronicles the real-life stories of famed aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi and poet Tatsuo Hori.

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