Studio Ghibli releasing 2 movies in Summer 2013

Studio Ghibli, the studio responsible for releasing films such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and recently The Secret World of Arriety, has officially announced today that they will be releasing two feature films for the summer of 2013. Each of the movies will be directed by a different co-founder, with Miyazaki directing Kaze Tachiru and Isao Takahata directing Taketori Monogatari.

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Miyazaki’s film, Kaze Tachiru, will be based on historical figure Jirō Horikoshi‘s life. Horikoshi rose to fame because he was the chief engineer of many Japanese Fighter planes during the World War II era. Miyazaki had previously published a manga based off Horikoshi’s life under the same title, and it can only be assumed that he will be basing the movie from that original manga. Joe Hisashi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) will also be returning as composer.

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Takahata’s film, Taketori Monogatari, will be a retelling of the story of a young girl named Kaguya-hime who was found as a baby glowing within a bamboo stalk. This story is often considered the oldest Japanese folktale, and personally between the two I’m most excited to see this one on the big screen. Shinichiro Ikebe (Kurosawa’s Dreams, Warm Water Under a Red Bridge) will be composing.

Source: Crunchyroll, Eiga.com

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