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Studio Ghibli Co-Produced Film The Red Turtle Opens Next September

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit helmed Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch co-produced film

TOHO announced during its press briefing revealing its 2016 lineup on Thursday that it will distribute The Red Turtle, the latest film by award-winning Dutch animator and director Michael Dudok de Wit ("The Monk and the Fish," "Father & Daughter" animated shorts). Studio Ghibli co-produced the film with French film production and distribution company Wild Bunch. TOHO will open the film in Japan in September 2016.

de Wit temporarily moved to Koganei in Tokyo (where Studio Ghibli is headquartered) to work on the film, completing the film's storyboards and the scenario in his time there, while Studio Ghibli director Isao Takahata checked them. Takahata also serves as the "artistic producer" for the film. Pascale Ferran (Bird People) wrote the film's script. The film is currently finishing production in France.

de Wit's "Father & Daughter" short won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001. The Red Turtle is de Wit's first feature film.

Wild Bunch co-produced Studio Ghibli's 2010 anime film The Secret World of Arrietty. The company also distributed Park Chan-Wook's 2003 live-action film Oldboy, which was inspired by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's manga of the same name.

Thanks to Rachel S. for the news tip.

Sources: Eiga.com, Eiga Natalie


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