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Inception's Watanabe, Yuu Aoi Host Ghibli Documentary

posted on by Egan Loo
TV special profiles studio's history with founders Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata

Actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Letters from Iwo Jima, Inception) and actress Yū Aoi (Honey and Clover, Tekkonkinkreet, Redline) will host Studio Ghibli Monogatari (The Story of Studio Ghibli), a documentary that will air on Japan's NTV network on March 21 at 9:00 p.m. The program will profile the struggles that director Hayao Miyazaki, director Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki underwent to make the studio's films.

The 26-year-old studio's next film, an adaptation of Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama's Kokuriko-Zaka Kara shōjo manga, will open in Japan this summer. Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki is directing the film.

In the announcement for the documentary, Watanabe noted that even though there are not many Japanese films that people overseas have seen, "everyone" knows Ghibli films. He dubbed over Sylvester Stallone's voice for NTV's 1985 airing of the First Blood (Rambo) film, and he dubbed over his own voice for the Japanese dubbing of Inception. Watanabe has yet to voice a role in anime, but he said that he would be willing to act in a Ghibli film if there was a role for him.

Source: Sports Hochi

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