Hayao Miyazaki’s films have always couched some social commentary behind their colorful visuals. However, the director’s latest project, The Wind Rises, is a bit less subtle, and has riled conservatives in his home country of Japan.
The movie follows the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the infamous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane. Though the content in the movie reflects Japan in wartime, it is reported to be heavily anti-war. Miyazaki himself has taken outspoken anti-war stances in the past, most famously refusing to travel to the U.S. to receive an Academy Award for Spirited Away in 2003, just after the U.S. had begun the invasion of Iraq.
The Wind Rises will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. The festival has just released a trailer for the movie, seen below. The trailer, much like Miyazaki’s films, is unlike other modern movie trailers. Instead of emphasizing story and action, the video lilts through several small, whimsical character vignettes.