Studio Ghibli Announces Next Film, Miyazaki Directing More

September 28, 2009

Studio Ghibli

Over on the Asian Movie Pulse blog (via SlashFilm) they say that Isao Takahata, one of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli, has announced that he will be directing a new feature-length animated film. Takahata will direct a new film called Taketori Monogatari, or The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter in English, which is an adaptation of the classic 10th century folktale (known as The Tale of Princess Kaguya). He'll be breaking his 10-year hiatus since last directing My Neighbors the Yamadas in 1999. They also mention that Hayao Miyazaki is "in discussions with studio staff to make two more feature-length films in the next 3 years."

Takahata also directed Grave of the Fireflies, one of my favorite Ghibli films, so I'm happy to see him back again. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is about a mysterious girl called Kaguya-hime, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. She is said to be from Tsuki-no-Miyako ("The Capital of the Moon") and has unusual hair that "shines like gold." Sounds like another wonderful Japanes folk lore story that will make for a great Studio Ghibli animated film. I'm already looking forward to this as well as whatever Hayao Miyazaki ends up directing in the next few years, as I just love that man so damn much!

Miyazaki's Ponyo just hit theaters a few months ago. I interviewed the legendary animator back in August as well - read that interview here. I'll be doing my best to keep everyone updated on all the latest with Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, since I love their films and can't wait for more.

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  • sean
    At least we know someone somewhere in this world is getting it right.
  • Shuriken!
    Grave of the Fireflies was so upsetting....
  • CrystalFalls
    The Asian Movie Pulse news article is misleading. The article implies that these are new announcements when it is paraphrasing (*without* attribution or citation) a piece of six-week-old news and a translation of a *nine-month-old* blog entry. Give credit where credit is due.
  • Hector N
    Thank God
  • BrentD
    Alex, do you know if the english version of "My Neighbors the Yamadas" is called "My Neighbor Totoro"? I remember seeing that cartoon as a kid and the creature in the picture above looks exactly like the one from that movie...
  • Hi folks, I'm senior admin at AMP ( and i've noticed the new article about Ghibi. I've spoken to the original creator of the article and whilst the article is correct it is true that this is based on news whcih is a good 6 weeks old and there is yet no further further development on the new movies by Miyazaki. But I will make sure to update this once we hear anything (We will speak with our Japanese Corresponders to make sure to get first hand news for you. Thanks for the notification CrystalFalls (dont think I would have found out otherwise)
  • LOL agreed #2... This is awesome to hear anyway, #6, old news or not. And it was news to me, at least.
  • #7 - To be honest it was news to me too! I will still try and get a update though...
  • SlashBeast
    Animation studio is producing more animated films. Shocking.
  • #9 It is when its Isao Takahata directing 😉
  • SlashBeast
    What a shock.
  • snickers
    He should do a follow-up to Laputa.
  • 1-7
    Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli suck. Keep there trite fantasy in Japan.
  • Glass
    Ugh, hackhouse Studio Ghibli is pouring out more of their cinematic sludge? These guys are ruining animation. Pixar will continue to ejaculate directly in their faces because their movies have a compulsive need to have interesting characters, developed stories and narratives that actually make sense. Fuck these shiteaters.




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