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Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes the lead in the U.S. cast for Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises

12.16.2013
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is making headlines this evening!

Right after a write-up on USA Today, Gordon-Levitt posted a photo of himself during the recording process for the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki's THE WIND RISES. The actor will voice Jiro Horikoshi, "a young Japanese boy in the early 20th century who dreams of flying with the birds and meeting Italian plane designer Giovanni Caproni (Stanley Tucci). Jiro can't become a pilot due to his poor vision, but as he grows up he becomes an aeronautical engineer who designs the fighter planes that the Japanese would ultimately use during World War II — and has to deal with the emotional consequences of his role in the destruction."

Sadly, this is Hayao Miyazaki's final film. Even though he's mentioned retiring quite a few times, this time the man of many talents seems to be serious. He's made many beautiful animated films like PRINCESS MONONOKE, THE CAT RETURNS, PONYO, SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, and HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE among many others. This film is a fitting final chapter if this is the one we close Miyazaki's career on.

The American cast includes Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood, Ronan Farrow and Werner Herzog.

If you'd like to catch the original Japanese animated film which is gathering much acclaim, THE WIND RISES (Kaze Tachinu) is set for release on February 21, 2014.

Here's the facebook post:

"RECording for Miyazaki's #TheWindRises. Not exaggerating, it's one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen."

Source: USA TodayFacebook

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5:32PM on 12/17/2013

interesting...

While I think that it's a shame that voice actors who spend a career honing their craft keep getting sidelined so Hollywood celebrities can headline animated films in the States, it is refreshing to see an actor who seems to be genuinely involved and intends to do the material justice. This performance is as far away from Robin William's Genie as it can get, so if they have to go with a 'celebrity voice,' then at least JGL seems to have the right stuff for the part. Since many Ghibli films
While I think that it's a shame that voice actors who spend a career honing their craft keep getting sidelined so Hollywood celebrities can headline animated films in the States, it is refreshing to see an actor who seems to be genuinely involved and intends to do the material justice. This performance is as far away from Robin William's Genie as it can get, so if they have to go with a 'celebrity voice,' then at least JGL seems to have the right stuff for the part. Since many Ghibli films don't really require a lot of over the top performances, Disney has done well in the past to avoid a lot of the cringeworthy overacting that plagues so many english dubs of japanese animation.
However, I can't imagine an english dub for this film working. The film is very distinctively Japanese and relies heavily on the Japanese identity of the time. I imagine it's going to be VERY strange hearing english voices coming out of these very Japanese characters and settings.

Anyone who has the opportunity should make a point of seeing the film. It's phenomenally directed and if this happens to be one of the rare years the Oscar's gets the category right, it'll take Animated Feature without breaking a sweat. If only for the chance to see Miyazaki's last film on the big screen, it's worth finding.

**totally off topic, but Miyazaki didn't make "The Cat Returns." Sorry to be that guy...**
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7:09AM on 12/17/2013

that plot

Did you read that plot for an animated film? You would never see something so deep in an American animated film. Will miss this guy if he does retire.
Did you read that plot for an animated film? You would never see something so deep in an American animated film. Will miss this guy if he does retire.
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6:09AM on 12/17/2013
For some reason, this is the least surprising casting news I've ever heard...
For some reason, this is the least surprising casting news I've ever heard...
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3:10AM on 12/17/2013
The American voice casts for Miyazaki films have always been pretty interesting.
The American voice casts for Miyazaki films have always been pretty interesting.
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11:05PM on 12/16/2013

Miyazaki = awesome

I'm very much looking forward to seeing this.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing this.
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10:17PM on 12/16/2013
Sounds like it could be a really good film. I love the cast it has for it.
Sounds like it could be a really good film. I love the cast it has for it.
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