Studio Ghibli Records
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|Shipping May 2021|
Limited Remastered Edition film soundtrack
Includes etched D-side vinyl and OBI strip!
Acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, largely responsible for the popularization of the anime genre in the West, brings The Wind Rises to the screen, with a soundtrack from composer Joe Hisaishi.
The pair have worked on a dozen or so films together, dating all the way back to Nausicaä in 1984, and the music that resulted from their collaborations has been lauded as some of the best film music ever written; Miyazaki and Hisaishi are essentially Japan's Steven Spielberg and John Williams, with similar levels of fame and popularity in their home country.
The Wind Rises — or, to give it its original Japanese title, Kaze Tachinu — is unusual for a Miyazaki film as it is almost a biopic. Based on a short story by Tatsuo Hori, the film is essentially a fictionalized biography of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero fighter planes that the Empire of Japan used in World War II, his relationship with his wife Naoko, and his dreams of flying, which were in turn inspired by his admiration for the Italian aircraft designer Giovanni Battista Caproni. The film was controversial in Japan, as it was seen to glamorize both the exploits of the Japanese government during World War II and the men who built "killing machines" for a living, but was praised for its visual beauty.
The soundtrack is being released on vinyl for the first time, via Studio Ghibli Records this May.