The Japanese Animation Studio Studio Ghibli has annouced its next movie release details. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter or Taketori Monogatari its proper Japanese title will be the studio’s next release which is regarded as Japan’s oldest folktale and is also one of the country’s most well known fables, much like Grimm’s Tales. The movie will be directed by the Studio’s co-founder Isao Takahata who hasnt direct a movie for over 10 years with My Neighbours The Yamada’s his last offering.
The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter is about a young baby girl who is found in a bamboo stalk and is found by a bamboo cutter who adopts the baby with his wife. As she grows older many Princes battle to fight her hand in marriage. She meets the Emperor who trys to woo her in marriage and resists and more people from the moon come to get her and take her home and she leaves. She leaves the emperor a elixir of eternal life and the emperor refuses saying he rather die if he cant be with her.
It looks like this movie will be released next year but I can assume thats the Japanese release date so expect either 2011 or 2012 for UK release. The next Studio Ghibli release will be out in February 5th 2010 and is Ponyo
Studio Ghibli’s other co-founder and more well known director Hayao Miyazaki is going to be inolved helping 2 of the studio’d young staff create 2 movies over a three year period. There is no word of Mr Miyazaki directing himself again as it seems he prefers at the moment to help his young staff in there own direction. I have said many times Otomo’s Akira was my introduction to Japanese animation but when I thought about it it was actually one of Mr Miyazaki’s movies. I just remember during s summer school holiday getting up from bed one morning and sitting amazed by a stunning peice of animation, which left me flabbergasted that movie was Laputa: Castle in The Sky. I shall look forward to these movies with much anticipation.