Studio Ghibli's The Tale Of Princess Kaguya: English trailer

Trailer Ryan Lambie 20 Aug 2014 - 15:48

The first English trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest feature, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya has arrived. Feast your eyes within...

The future of Japan's premier animation house Studio Ghibli seems to be uncertain of late, at least if recent rumours are anything to go by. But there are still a couple of films for us to look out for in the west: last month saw the Japanese release of When Marnie Was There - Hiromasa Yonebayashi's supernatural drama - a feature which probably won't reach us until next year.

Before that, there's The Tale Of Princess Kaguya. Directed by Isao Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies, Pom Poko), it's an adaptation of an ancient Japanese folk tale, rendered in a shimmering style akin to a living watercolour. Originally intended to be released as a double-bill with Hayao Miyazaki's swansong, The Wind Rises - just as Grave Of The Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro had back in 1988 - Princess Kaguya was pushed back to a November 2013 Japanese debut in November 2013.

Although critically well-received, Princess Kaguya struggled at the box-office - unsurprising, perhaps, given its unusual visual style. An acquired taste though its aesthetic may be, it's undeniably expressive and, as the trailer below says, unlike any other Studio Ghibli feature seen so far. While Takahata's own My Neighbours The Yamadas toyed with a similarly sketchy style, it looked more like a moving comic strip than a traditional Japanese painting.

The English dub has an impressive cast, which includes James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Chloe Grace Moretz as the princess of the title.

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is out in US cinemas on the 17th October. We're hoping that a UK release won't be far behind.

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