A distinctly different style in Ghibli’s latest effort makes it immediately intriguing and visually arresting…
Who knows what’s going on over in Ghibli land… are they closing their doors, are they open but with Miyazaki retiring, is he in fact going to do another film… it’s getting somewhat hard to follow. What I do know is that the new English language trailer for their upcoming movie has caught my interest.
The English language version will be headed by a cast that, amongst others, includes: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu and James Marsden. It’ll tell the tale of an old man who makes his living by cutting bamboo. One day he finds a tiny princess in a bamboo shoot and takes her home. We will then see her grow up and be ensnared in the trials of being made into a princess and of finding a suitor. Due to it being based on the folk story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and it therefore being strongly rooted in Japanese tradition, as well as an issue involving nudity, there is a worry that it won’t find a UK release and that if it does it may receive editing. This seems unlikely given what happened with Mononoke… but who knows what’s going to happen yet.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in the US on the 17th of October. As of yet a UK theatrical release is unconfirmed. Here is the latest trailer:
There’s also this Japanese trailer which shows an awful lot more of the film and its visual style. I’ve read that it doesn’t spoil the film, but across its six minute runtime it does seem to show a lot of plot… so it’s up to you to judge that one. Anyway, it’s here if you’re interested: