2014 marks the latest of many milestone successes for Japan’s acclaimed animation studio, Studio Ghibli, in lieu of co-founder and award-winning filmmaker Miyazaki Hayao’s retirement. Its other founding-half, director Isao Takahata is still active with the company since aiding its lauch in 1985, and although the future of the studio appears to be uncertain, his presence still lends credence to an otherwise memorable repetorie of classic innovative and visionary work the studio has long been known for.
Such is the case with Takahata‘s newest film in fourteen years, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, an animated revival of a 10th century folktale about young girl discovered inside a bamboo plant. Following an arduous production period, the film was released theatrically in Japan late last year, and subsequently screened throughout this year’s film festival circuit in U.S. and Canada to a great many accolades and uproaring reviews from many industry sites. From this, it’s safe to gather this is way more than a worthwhile effort from a great studio for which its loyal fans and followers can only hope will endure in the years to come.
From Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises, comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.
Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is making its presence known in North America with a slate of screenings courtesy of U.S. distributor GKids who will feature their version with the voices of actresses Chloe Grace Moretz, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu and co-writer Riko Sakaguchi, and actors James Caan and Darren Criss, and many more. North American screenings are kicking off as early this week, so watch the trailer below, and visit the official webistes for the film by CLICKING HERE, and for GKids Films which bares a detailed list of screenings, locations and dates.