Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Takahata Isao Returns To The Director's Chair With THE TALE OF THE BAMBOO CUTTER. See The First Poster.

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Studio Ghibli co-founder Takahata Isao has been away from the director's chair for quite a long time now. His most recent directing credit is as part of 2003 anthology Winter Days. His most recent feature? 1999 effort My Neighbors The Yamadas. So word of a new feature from Takahata is very big news indeed.

The film is The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter (Taketori Monogatari), an adaptation of a popular folk tale about a princess discovered as a baby growing inside the stalk of a glowing piece of bamboo.

Word of the project has been circulating for a while now but Studio Ghibli have just formally announced the project along with word that Takahata has co-written the script with Sakaguchi Riko while Ikibe Shinichiro is composing the music.
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  • Niels Matthijs

    I'm definitely more curious about Takahata's film. With Grave and Yamadas he's holding my two favorite Ghibli spots, Miyazaki doesn't even come close. Just comparing the posters, I'd say this is without a doubt the film I'm looking forward to the most.

  • Ard Vijn

    A new Takahata is something to rejoice. Or fear. The man made GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES after all, which scarred my soul.

    But he also made ONLY YESTERDAY which may have one of the most brilliant movie endings of all time, animated or otherwise. So I'm maybe even more curious about Takahata's film than I am for Miyazaki's...

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