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Full Trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises & Pom Poko Blu-ray Disc

Full Trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises

On other news: Isao Takahata’s Pom Poko will be out on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on November 6th. Bummer, I was expecting a more high-calible title like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke.

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Studio Ghibli announces Summer 2013 Films

Wondering what Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are currently up to? Studio Ghibli announced their upcoming 2013 movies to the world yesterday.
Hayao Miyazaki will adapt Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), his own mini-manga based on the life of WW2 airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi.
My Neighbours the Yamadas director Isao Takahata will take on the Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter aka The Tale of Princess Kaguya), as announced back in 2009.

Both films will open across Japan in Summer 2013.
[via ANN & Eiga]

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Kiki & Only Yesterday: Next Studio Ghibli Blu-ray Discs announced

After Disney Home Entertainment Japan delighted us with their Blu-ray Disc releases of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic My Neighbor Totoro (50 HD screen captures) and Isao Takahata’s Gave of the Fireflies in July, the two next upcoming titles from Studio Ghibli were announced.
Kiki’s Delivery Service und Only Yesterday will be released on December 5th. Both titles will include English subtitles and Kiki will also have the English dub.

Preorder Kiki’s Delivery Service and Only Yesterday @ Amazon.co.jp
[via AV Watch & Martin]

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My Neighbors the Yamadas on Blu-ray Disc

Whoops, looks like I missed this announcement while celebrating the upcoming Blu-ray Disc release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky. According to AV Watch, Isao Takahata’s My Neighbors the Yamadas (Houhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) will also be released on Blu-ray Disc on December 22nd with the following specs:
Audio: Japanese, English, German, Korean, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Japanese, French, German, Korean, Chinese
My Neighbors the Yamadas (which was supposed to be the first of the Ghibli films to be released on Blu-ray Disc) is one of the few Ghibli animes I haven’t seen yet, so I’m happy to see this in the (possible) best quality for the first time.
[via muhootsaver]

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First Details on Studio Ghibli’s Next Film: Taketori Monogatari/Kaguya Hime no Monogatari

Asian Movie Pulse has posted the first details on the next animated feature from Studio Ghibli. Since Hayao Miyazaki is currently recovering from creating Ponyo, its Ghibli’s co-head Isao Takahata turn ten years after My Neighbours the Yamadas.
The film is supposed to be an adaptation of Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter aka The Tale of Princess Kaguya), one of the oldest Japanese folktale told since the 10th century. Here’s the synopsis taken from Wikipedia:

One day, while walking in the bamboo forest, an old, childless bamboo cutter called Taketori no Okina came across a mysterious, shining stalk of bamboo. After cutting it open, he found inside it a baby the size of his thumb. He rejoiced to find such a beautiful girl and took her home. He and his wife raised her as their own child and named her Kaguya-hime (“radiant-night princess”). Thereafter, Taketori no Okina found that whenever he cut down a stalk of bamboo, inside he found a small nugget of gold. Soon he became rich, and Kaguya-hime grew from a small baby into a woman of ordinary size and extraordinary beauty. At first, Taketori no Okina tried to keep her away from outsiders, but over time the news of her beauty had spread.

Eventually, five princes came to Taketori no Okina’s residence to ask for Kaguya-hime’s hand in marriage. The princes eventually persuaded Taketori no Okina to tell a reluctant Kaguya-hime to choose one from among them. To this end, Kaguya-hime concocted impossible tasks for the princes to accomplish. She would agree to marry the prince who managed to bring her a specified item.

That night, Taketori no Okina told the five princes what each of them must bring. The first was told to bring her the stone begging bowl of the Buddha from India. The second was told to retrieve a jewelled branch from the island of Penglai. The third was told to seek the legendary robe of the fire-rat of China. The fourth must retrieve a colored jewel from a dragon’s neck. The final prince was told to find the seashell treasure of the swallows.

Realizing that it was an impossible task, the first prince returned with an expensive bowl, but after noticing that the bowl did not glow with holy light, Kaguya-hime saw through his deception. Likewise, two other princes attempted to deceive her with fakes, but also failed. The fourth gave up after encountering a storm, while the final prince lost his life in his attempt to retrieve the object.

After this, the Emperor of Japan, Mikado, came to see the strangely beautiful Kaguya-hime and, upon falling in love, asked her to marry him. Although he was not subjected to the impossible trials that thwarted the princes, Kaguya-hime rejected his request for marriage as well, telling him that she was not of his country and thus could not go to the palace with him. She stayed in contact with the Emperor, but continued to rebuff his requests.

That summer, whenever Kaguya-hime saw the full moon, her eyes filled with tears. SPOILER: Though her adoptive parents worried greatly and questioned her, she was unable to tell them what was wrong. Her behaviour became increasingly erratic until she revealed that she was not of this world and must return to her people on the Moon.

I’m pretty excited to see how much of the original story Isao Takahata will keep in his version. While this isn’t the first time Studio Ghibli’s directors have chosen to take motives from folktales (even Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo was heavily inspired by Hans Christian Andersen), I don’t thing they’ve ever chosen something as well known (in Japan that it) as Taketori Monogatari/Kaguya Hime no Monogatari.
Update: Looks like these details aren’t exactly new as they have been posted on GhibliWorld in mid-August. Thanks to CrystalFalls for mentioning this.
[via Asian Movie Pulse & GhibliWorld]

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Pom Poko

Pom Poko [平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ] – Japan 1994
Pom PokoPünktlich zur deutschen DVD Veröffentlichung hat die HK DVD von Pom Poko ihren Weg in meinen DVD Player gefunden. Pom Poko erzählt die Geschichte zweier Marderhundgemeinden, deren gemeinsamer wäldlicher Lebensraum durch den Bau einer neuen Wohnsiedlung in der Nähe von Tokyo bedroht wird. Während sich die Gruppen anfangs noch gegeneinander um die knapper werdenden Lebensräume bekriegen, versöhnt die Stammesälteste Oroku die hitzköpfigen Anführer und so vereinen sich beide Gruppen im gemeinsamen Kampf gegen die vorrückenden Bautrupps der Menschen. Hierfür setzen die Tiere magische Fähigkeiten ein, mit deren Hilfe sie ihre Form und Erscheinung beliebig verändern können (Links dazu am Ende des Beitrags). In Form von Geistergestalten und Menschen verursachen die Tiere Unfälle auf der Riesenbaustelle, wobei es auch zu Todesfällen unter den Bauarbeitern kommt. Als diese Aktionen nicht den gewünschten Erfolg bringen, entschließen sich die Tiere unter der Führung herbeigerufener Weisen aus anderen Marderhundkolonien mit gemeinsamen Kräften ganz Tokyo ihren Mißmut über das Bauprojekt in Form einer riesigen Geisterparade (mit Gastauftritten diverser Ghibli Charaktere) mitzuteilen.


Pom Poko entstand unter der Regie von Miyazaki Busenkumpel und Studio Ghibli Mitbegründer Isao Takahata und ist für einen Ghibli Film etwas ungewöhnlich ausgefallen. Wirklich begeistern konnte mich der Film leider nicht, die Geschichte kommt zwischen der diversen, sehr unterhaltsam dargestellten Attacken der verwandelten Tiere und den nachträglichen Siegesfeiern bei fast 120 Minuten Laufzeit nie so wirklich vorran. Die einzelnen Charaktere werden leider kaum ausgebaut und auch die eingestreute Liebesgeschichte (die dem Film wohl zusammen mit dem faltbaren Riesenhoden der Tiere [YouTube Clip] ein R Rating in den USA eingebracht hat) tritt auf der Stelle und wird nicht weiter fortgeführt. Interessant hingegen waren die vielen Andeutungen auf buddhistische Traditionen, die vielfältige und skurrile japanische Sagen- und Geisterwelt und die Seitenhiebe auf die moderne japanische Gesellschaft. Zusammen mit dem unbefriedigenden Ende und der stellenweise mit dem Holzhammer vermittelten Ökobotschaft ist Pom Poko nach Das Königreich der Katzen für mich der bisher schwächste Film aus den Ghibli Studios.

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