Studio Ghibli Will Release Two New Films In 2013… On The Same Day
Fans of Studio Ghibli now have something to be excited for come next summer. The legendary Japanese animation studio officially announced that two new films will be released on the same day in the summer of 2013 — and yes, they are being directed by the studio’s most well-known directors, Miyazaki and Takahata.
To help celebrate the announcement, the studio also released a new poster for each film.
More details after the break.
The first (pictured above) is Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), which centers around (and based off real-life counterpart) Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer and creator of the Zero Fighter, which were fighter planes used by Japan in World War II. It honors writer and poet Tatsuo Hori, who authored a novel of the same name in the early 20th century.
Kaze Tachinu is being directed by the most celebrated anime director of them all, Hayao Miyazaki, making it the 11th feature-length film in the director’s illustrious career and first since 2008’s Ponyo.
Famous composer and often Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi will be scoring the film.
The second film is Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), which centers around the moon princess Kaguya, “a thumb-sized baby girl found sleeping in a mysterious, glowing stalk of bamboo.” It’s based around the popular Japanese folk tale, “The Talk of the Bamboo Cutter.”
Studio Ghibli co-founder and longtime director Isao Takahata is returning to the director’s “chair” to retell the tale through an animation style similar to classic Japanese picture scrolls. This film is expected to be slightly more darker than the usual Ghibli work and have a similar tone to Grave of the Fireflies, a film Takahata is best known for directing. It will be his 5th feature-length film and first since 1999’s My Neighbors the Yamadas.
Both films are once again expected to be released together in theaters across Japan in the summer of 2013; however, no specific release date has been confirmed.