kaguya-hime no monogatariStudio Ghibli and director Isao Takahata’s Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Story of Princess Kaguya) anime film finally has a firm release date in Japan; it will hit theatres there November 23 this year.

Original scheduled to be released in summer alongside Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising), the film’s distributors Toho announced that the movie was being delayed to fall or autumn 2013.

Kaguya-hime no Monogatari is said to be about “a princess’s sin and punishment”, and is loosely based around the Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Banboo Cutter), which in turn was about a princess named Kaguya who was found, when she was a baby, inside a glowing bamboo plant’s stalk.

The movie is director Takahata’s first new film since My Neighbors the Yamadas a whopping 14 years ago. Production work on the movie alone was said to have taken Takahata approximately eight years (he began making the film in 2005).

Although it’s based on a famous folklore in Japan, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari will explore the titular character’s thoughts and emotions, and provide answers to questions such as why Kaguya-hime picked, of all the planets possible, to come to Earth; what did she thought of the land here; why did she have to leave for the moon; what sin did she commit, and what her punishment for it is.

The movie is director Takahata’s first new film since My Neighbors the Yamadas a whopping 14 years ago. Production work on the movie alone was said to have taken Takahata approximately eight years (he began making the film in 2005).

Although it’s based on a famous folklore in Japan, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari will explore the titular character’s thoughts and emotions, and provide answers to questions such as why Kaguya-hime picked, of all the planets possible, to come to Earth; what did she thought of the land here; why did she have to leave for the moon; what sin did she commit, and what her punishment for it is.

Kaguya-hime no Monogatari opens in theatres in Japan November 23. Details regarding the movie’s overseas distribution have not yet been announced.

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Source: CinemaToday.JP

 

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