Isao Takahata Told on his Last Movie “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Acclaimed director Isao Takahata’s first film in fourteen years is the Academy Award nominated The Tale of The Princess Kaguya on 2015.


Princess Kaguya under the cherry blossom


Q: What is significant about Kaguya’s interest in nature?

A: I don’t think it’s any particular interest in nature, but the fact that she grew up surrounded by nature is very significant,

and really that’s what we have – the world around us is full of nature.

Even in the West, poetry is full of nature – British poems are full of nature – or love and human feelings;

those are the two main subjects of poems. We’re dealing with the fundamentals of human beings.


Isao Takahata


Isao Takahata (高畑 勲)is one of the most famous directors of anime or Japanese animated films.

Born in Ujiyamada (Mie Prefecture, Japan, he is a long-term colleague of Hayao Miyazaki and co-head at Studio Ghibli.

His four animated films at Studio Ghibli have spanned a remarkable range of genres:

war-film (Grave of the Fireflies), romantic drama (Only Yesterday), comedy (My Neighbors the Yamadas),

and ecological adventure (Pom Poko).

Of these Grave of the Fireflies, in particular, is widely considered one of the greatest animated films ever made.

He is amazing at capturing the feelings and emotions of the audience.(more)


Director Yonebayashi remarks about the start of the work “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”


July 8 (Sat) 2017, An animation movie “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” (メアリと魔女の花)will celebrate the theatrical release. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林宏昌)who painted the sensibility of a female girl in a studio ghibli with “Arrietty”(借りぐらしのアリエッティ), “When Marnie Was There(思い出のマーニー)” . He finished his work in Ghibli and found a new anime studio Ponock.  “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is the first Movie from this studio.The origin of the name of “Ponok” is Croatian, meaning “0 o’clock midnight, the day began and it became zero, a new day begins again”. Director Uri Hayashi wondered what he thought of his idea.

Director Yonebayashi said:

After the work When the Marnie was there, and “Marney” is a work of “static”, this time I want to make a work of “dynamic”, emotions and emotions appear in the new work, I made it with the desire to make it work that goes around and moves like that a girl moving across a vast space riding on the broom.

After a while since making “Marnie”, Nishimura producer tells me, “What will you do next?” And I said “I will do it!” It was already decided that the Studio Ghibli production division had already been decided to close at that point, but still I would like to create a single work. I did not understand what it would be like at all, but if I did not do it, I will do it. So I decided to move on to the next action.
After that, I went to the library with Nishimura Producer and two people started from searching for the original. I hope to concentrate on making works, but Nishimura Producer seems really hard at finding real estate and doing the procedure of the new studio.”

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