Ghibli's Kokuriko-Zaka Kara Film Trailer Streamed
posted on by Egan Loo
The anime studio Ghibli is collaborating with the Japanese telecommunications company KDDI to stream the trailer for Goro Miyazaki and Ghibli's Kokuriko-Zaka Kara film. (Goro Miyazaki is the son of the studio's founder Hayao Miyazaki, and the younger Miyazaki directed Tales from Earthsea.) KDDI is also streaming three live-action commercials inspired by the collaboration.
Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama's original Kokuriko-Zaka Kara manga is set in Showa 38 (1963, a year before the Tokyo Olympics) and follows the coming of age of an ordinary, pigtailed high school girl named Komatsuzaki (23-year-old actress Masami Nagasawa) in Yokohama, a harbor city near Tokyo. Her sailor father went missing after an accident, and her photographer mother is frequently going 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 named Shun Kazama (30-year-old Junichi Okada of the music group V6) and the student council president Mizunuma.
The Kokuriko-Zaka Kara film will open in Japan on July 16.
Image © 2011 Chizuru Takahashi, Tetsurō Sayama, GNDHDDT