Studio Ghibli recently made the official announcement for studio co-founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata’s newest films. Miyazaki’s newest film will be called Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising), whereas Takahata’s will be Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya). Miyazaki has been working on this story since 2009, when he launched a two-part manga series called Kaze Tachinu.
Kaze Tachinu is about Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Mitsubishi’s A6M Zero Fighter plane from World War 2. However, the film is also loosely based on author Tatsuo Hori’s short novel Kaze Tachinu. The film’s tagline makes a reference to real-life figures and Hori’s book: “Show respect for Hiro Horikoshi and Tatsuo Hori. We must try to live.” Apparently, Hori was actually quoting french poet, Paul Valery’s “Le Cimetière Marin” or “The Graveyard by the Sea” poem which stated “The Wind is rising. We must try to live!” Hayao Miyazaki’s long-time music collaborator, Joe Hisaishi will be lending his talent to the original soundtrack. Miyazaki himself is directing and writing this film, and interestingly enough, it will be Miyazaki’s return to the director’s seat after 2008′s Ponyo.
Kaguya Hime no Monogatari is based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Taketori Monogatari). It’ll be a new adaptation of the Japanese folktale about a moon princess found as a baby by a bamboo craftsman within the stalk of a glowing bamboo. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter has been either remade or adapted in several forms and fashions, as well as anime and manga. It serves as the basis for Reiko Shimizu’s Kaguya Hime, the second InuYasha film: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass incorporates the story as its narrative, and even the classic game Okami features a moon princess as one of its supporting characters. Shinichiro Ikebe– responsible for scoring Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha– will be handling the soundtrack. The film’s tagline reads “A princess’ crime and punishment.” Takahata is handling the screenplay with screenwriter Riko Sakaguchi.
This will be Takahata’s first feature after My Neighbors the Yamadas back in 1999.
The films’ distributor TOHO had previously registered a domain for both movies, and this past Thursday launched the websites for both films.
Both films will open at cinemas on the same day, though separately. The only other time Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had films opening on the same day (and year) was back in 1988, during the back-to-back double release of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies respectively.