Goro Miyazaki Directing Latest Ghibli Movie 'Kokuriko-Zaka Kara'
Gather ’round Studio Ghibli fans! It was just announced by the legendary Japanese animation studio, as reported on Anime News Network (via SlashFilm), that their newest feature-length film is an adaptation of Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama's manga Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (see Wikipedia). Directing will be Goro Miyazaki, son of legendary Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, who directed their 2006 movie Tales from Earthsea (watch the trailer). Studio Ghibli is already hard at work on this and The Borrowers, as they say Kokuriko-Zaka will actually hit theaters in Japan next summer, plus the official website just went up.
The story is set in 1963, a year before the Tokyo Olympics, and follows the coming of age of an ordinary high school girl named Komatsuzaki (seen above in artwork from the website) in Yokohama, a harbor city near Tokyo. Her sailor father went missing after an accident, and her photographer mother often goes abroad for work. Her family now runs a lodging house. The manga recounts Komatsuzaki's everyday life of "laughter and tears" with two boys: a school newspaper member and the student council president. No magic wizards in this one, it sounds like. Hayao Miyazaki co-wrote the script with Keiko Niwa, also of Tales from Earthsea.
As everyone knows, I'm a huge Miyazaki/Ghibli fan and I'm always interested in their newest feature films, especially because they're some of the only beautiful hand-drawn animated films left these days. I'm looking forward to The Borrowers as well as Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (which I'm sure will get an English title soon), but we're on a delayed schedule in the US and probably won't see either of these new films for a few more years.