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Ghibli's Tale of Princess Kaguya Film's New 3-Minute Trailer Aired

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: Making-of featurette streamed; North American poster of The Wind Rises unveiled

NTV's evening television program every. aired a new three-minute trailer for Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), the latest film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, on Thursday.

Japanese phone service provider au has also posted a four-minute making-of featurette for the film. Both the trailer and the making-of featurette feature Kazumi Nikaido's theme song "Inochi no Kioku."

The famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) centers on princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. Taketori Monogatari has inspired dozens of manga and anime stories, such as Reiko Shimizu's Kaguya Hime and Arina Tanemura's Sakura-Hime Kaden.

Aki Asakura will lead the cast as Kaguya, and Takeo Chii, who passed away in June of last year, will still play the role of Okina (Old Man), as he had recorded his part before his death. Kengo Kora and Nobuko Miyamoto round out the main cast as as Sutemaru and Ouna (Old Woman), respectively. Other cast members include Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Tatekawa Shinosuke, Takaya Kamikawa, Hikaru Ijūin, Ryudo Uzaki, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Isao Hashizume, Yukiji Asaoka, and Tatsuya Nakadai.

Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko) revealed in 2009 that his next film will be based on the folktale. The tagline for the film reads, "A princess's crime and punishment."

Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) is composing the film's soundtrack. Takahata conceived the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Riko Sakaguchi. This will be Takahata's first film since My Neighbors the Yamadas about 14 years ago.

The film will open in Japan on November 23.

Additionally, Studio Ghibli International revealed on Thursday the poster for the North American theatrical release of Hayao Miyazaki's 11th and final film The Wind Rises. The film, which has been submitted for an Oscar nomination, will open in the U.S. with both dub and subtitled versions in February 2014 after screening at several U.S. film festivals and hosting its Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles starting on Friday.

[Via Catsuka]

Update: New video added. The film is 137 minutes long. Thanks, tsk06

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