Studio Ghibli confirms new feature from Isao Takahata

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Anime News Network and Twitch are reporting that Japan’s Studio Ghibli have announced that they will produce two new films, directed by studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

Speaking at an event in the Museum of Contemporary Art at Tokyo, which is hosting an exhibition for the works of Canadian animator Frédéric Back in collaboration with Ghibli, Takahata confirmed that he has a new work, although it may be two years before it is complete.

Takahata’s last film was 1999’s My Neighbour’s the Yamadas, and Ghibli produced Toshio Suzuki has previously hinted that the feature will be based on the classic Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). His most famous work is arguably Grave of the Fireflies.

The last Ghibli film international audiences saw was The Borrower Arrietty, with From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) released in Japan in July this year. The news stories also note that the legendary Hayao Miyazaki is also working on an autobiographical feature.