Studio Ghibli, the most famous animation studio in Japan, which is currently on hiatus will be will be showcasing its latest flick, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in Toronto.
The movie debuted in Japan last year, but is making its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 5.
The film, which follows a girl named Kaguya takes viewers on the journey of a strange young female found by a family in a bamboo plant, as she creates her own identity.
TIFF described the film as being,
Based on a tenth-century folk tale familiar to many Japanese people, this is not uniquely a children’s film. It exhibits the finest qualities of myth, engagingly simple on the surface but containing profound lessons as well. And Takahata’s imagery is breathtaking: individually drawn, hand-coloured frames that flow like a river of delicate, detailed watercolour paintings. Like Miyazaki’s recent The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is an extraordinary work of art.
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya’s director, Isao Takahata, known for Grave of the Fireflies (1988) and Pom Poko (1994) has made a work, which many describe as appearing like an ancient scroll coming to life on screen.
With an outside of the box visual approach and with Takahata’s reputation for making stunning pieces of art, this film is sure to be one of TIFF’s must see movies.
In Toronto, it will be shown in English subtitles, but Studio Ghibli has already announced an October release date for an English version of the film, starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the lead voice actress.
Here’s the trailer: