Hayao Miyazaki’s Next Film to Be a Biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, Designer of the Zero Fighter Plane

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Hayao Miyazaki‘s last film was about the friendship between a goldfish and a five-year-old boy.  His next movie looks like it will be slightly more serious.  According to ANN [via  Twitch], the legendary director’s next film is based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, “the man who designed the Zero fighter plane used in the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Horikoshi was an aeronautical engineer who developed a number of military aircrafts, with Zero being his most famous invention.”  Miyazaki’s films are known for their supernatural and mystical aspects, so I’m not sure where they would fit into this story, if they do at all.  Based only on the subject matter, I’m reminded of another Studio Ghibli picture and one of the saddest movies ever made, Grave of the Fireflies (if you haven’t seen it, watch it and bring a crate of tissues).

Completion on Miyazaki’s untitled picture is slated for late 2013.




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  • B

    Miyazaki’s films are well-know to feature aircraft and aeronautics, it’s likely that the Zero and perhaps this designer was an inspiration to him in his younger years. Anyone who is a fan of Miyazaki (and classic animation) should check out his book, “Starting Point.” I’m still reading it myself, but even from page one it is a fascinating insight into his films and his great mind.

    • Jiji

      i am the fan of Miyazaki!!!!! Castle in the sky ROCKS!!!!

  • Manni

    Agree – “Starting point” is an amazing read. As for the biopic movie – I thought that the next Miyazaki project was about to be the sequel to “Crimsom Pig” (Porco Rosso)? I hope that he still developing that project, ’cause “Crimsom Pig” is my favourite Miyazaki’s film.

    However, that project sound very intriguing aswell, especially because director’s fascination with flying and the planes, aircrafts etc. is visible throughout his whole career and this film sounds like a big personal thing to him. Whatever he’s doing, it’s gonna be splendid. He’s a genious and one of the greatest living directors, not only at the field of animation.

    • Sheeta

      Porco Rosso was one of my least favorites from Miyazaki (though it was still awesome since miyazaki isn’t capable of making a bad movie) Castle in the sky was one of my faves. Great film.

  • Sam

    I will never question the man who created Princess Mononoke, truly one of the modern classics. He is an old man now and so I don’t expect to be blown away (Ponyo wasn’t a masterpiece) but I expect as always to be thoroughly impressed.

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  • Sheeta

    I will never question the man who created Laputa Castle in the sky, truely one of the modern classics. He is an old man now, ans so i don’t expect to be blown away (Ponyo was a masterpice) but i expect as always to be impressed. Best. Film. Ever.

  • Sheeta

    I will never question the man who created Laputa Castle in the sky, truely one of the modern classics. He is an old man now, ans so i don\’t expect to be blown away (Ponyo was a masterpice) but i expect as always to be impressed. Best. Film. Ever.

  • Sheeta

    I will pick my favorites as:

    3, Kiki’s delivery service
    2. Spirited away
    1. Castle in the sky

  • Sheeta

    I will pick my favorites as:

    3, Kiki\’s delivery service
    2. Spirited away
    1. Castle in the sky

  • Kiki

    Love all his movies, especially castle in the sky!

  • Sheeta

    I love Miyazaki because he made castle in the sky and pazu for me!!!!

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