Studio Ghibli Announces Next Film, Miyazaki Directing More
by Alex Billington
September 28, 2009
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.