Studio Ghibli's next two films: announcements and posters

News Ryan Lambie 14 Dec 2012 - 11:35

Studio Ghibli has announced its next two movies, with posters and release windows...

A few weeks ago, we reported on the next two movies set to emerge from Japan's eminent animation house, Studio Ghibli. Although those titles were essentially educated guesses based on website acquisitions, those guesses have turned out to be entirely accurate; Ghibli's founder artists, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will be working on the studio's next to movies, respectively called The Wind Is Rising and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.

The Wind Is Rising will be about the life and work of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Mitsubishi Zero Fighter. Takahata, meanwhile, will be directing The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, which is based on a traditional Japanese folktale called The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

What's truly news to us, though, is that both films will be released on the same day in 2013 - an echo of Studio Ghibli's monumental year, 1988, in which My Neighbor Totoro and Grave Of The Fire Flies were also released as a double-bill (a true emotional rollercoaster of a double bill, it must be said). With next year being the 25th anniversary of those movies - which did so much to build Ghibli's reputation - the release of The Wind Is Rising and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is a fitting tribute to Miyazaki and Takahata's outstanding legacy.

We can't find a firm release date yet, but given that Totoro and Grave both appeared on the 16th April 1988, it's not unreasonable to assume these new films will appear on or around that date.

And as a final treat, Studio Ghibli have launched the movies' respective websites (which are both, naturally, in Japanese - Wind's is here, while Kaguya's is here), and better yet, revealed the first posters. Unsurprisingly, they're quite beautiful. 

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