December 16, 2012

Studio Ghibli to release two movies simultaneously in 2013

On December 13th, Studio Ghibli announced that they would release two movies ”Kaze Tachinu“, which is directed by Miyazaki Hayao, and “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari“, directed by Takahata Isao, simultaneously.

It’s been the first time in 25 years that director Miyazaki and director Takahata’s works have been released at the same time since “Tonari no Totoro“ (“My Neighbor Totoro”) and “Hotaru no Haka“ (“Grave of the Fireflies”) were released as a double-feature movie back in 1988. Moreover, this will be the first time for Studio Ghibli to release two movies on the same day separately.

“Kaze Tachinu” is based on Miyazaki’s manga, which was serialized in the magazine “Monthly Model Graphix“, and it features the life of Horikoshi Jiro, the chief engineer of the Zero fighter plane. Hisaishi Joe is in charge of the music, and for its theme song, Studio Ghibli’s producerSuzuki Toshio made a public offer to singer Matsutoya Yumi when they attended the talk event for the release of “Majo no Takkyubin“ (“Kiki’s Delivery Service”) and “Omohide Poroporo“ (“Only Yesterday”) on Blu-ray discs.

On the other hand, “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari” will be the first work in 14 years for Takahata since “Hohokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun“ (“My Neighbors the Yamadas”). Reportedly, Takahata started working on it since in 2005. It will be based on “Taketori Monogatari“, which is considered the oldest existing Japanese narrative, and Takahata is in charge of the original scheme as well as the scenario. Sakaguchi Riko, who is known for TV drama “Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu”, is also participating in the scenario.

Both “Kaze Tachinu” and “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari” will be released in the summer of 2013.

Source & Image: Cinematodaytokyohive