‘The Wind Rises’ Opens in Limited Release Today

Oscar-nominated The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature film (until he makes another one), opens in limited release today. The highest-grossing film in Japan last year, Wind Rises will screen at 21 American locations this weekend before expanding to approximately 450 U.S. theaters next week. Disney is the distributor of the English dub which features the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Martin Short, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and Mandy Patinkin, among others.

The theaters that are screening the film this weekend include Kendall Square Cinema in Boston; Century Centre Cinema in Chicago; AMC Century City, ArcLight Sherman Oaks, Pacific El Capitan, and The Landmark in Los Angeles; Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis; BAM Rose Cinemas, Landmark Sunshine Cinema, and AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York; Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego; Embarcadero Center Cinema and California Theatre in San Francisco; Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis; and Bethesda Row Cinema in Washington D.C.


  • Tre

    Sadly I doubt I’ll be able to see this in the UK easily. So few cinemas show Ghibli films, and according to Vue (which all my local cinemas are owned by this company) say anime films are ‘niche’ so they don’t show them. Monster High or Moshi Monsters however, yeah, they’ll make screen space for those.

    • Funkybat

      Either that theatre company is totally dense, or Britain somehow escaped the Anime fever that swept the rest of the Western world over the last decade.

    • Osteo Parliament

      Ha! Well all the standard recycled garbage would be should be considered theater “niche” heheh

  • Joseph Patrick

    I would if it were playing in my neighborhood… but it isn’t, so god dammit.

  • Miyazaki Fan

    I kind of doubted that this film would be playing in my city on the 21st. I still don’t know if it will play here on the 28th. I hope it does, I am really looking forward to seeing it. How does 450 theatres compare to other Ghibli features released by Disney?

    • Mike

      I checked on Fandango and it already shows which theaters closest to me are going to be screening it starting the 28th. You might be able to find out there.

      As far as a comparison to others, that’s about half as many screens as Ponyo (~900) and a third as many as Arrietty (~1500). Here’s hoping one of them’s near you!

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Well bothering to check, I see none of the Cinemark-dominated theaters in my area’s carrying it this Friday so I’m stuck.

  • thebouncingbird

    Seattleites can see it at the Cinerama!

  • Funkybat

    Any word if there will be some “Japanese with subtitles” screenings once it goes wide? “From Up On Poppy Hill” had a limited number of Japanese screenings when it was released theatrically, but that was GKids, not Disney. I really hope Disney doesn’t leave us folks who hate dubs in a lurch again, otherwise I’ll have to wait for the Blu-ray.

  • Daniel

    Very excited to see this. Every time I watch the trailer and see a hat fly off someone’s head, I laugh out loud. This has got to be some kind of metaphor, right? I just don’t know what it means yet.