Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
Studio Ghibli Inc.’s new feature film, “Kokurikozaka Kara” (From Kokuriko Hill) will hit movie theaters across the country on July 16.
Directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film will be screened at theaters affiliated with movie production and distribution company Toho Co. A 3-meter-high poster has been put up at those theaters.
The movie will definitely be one of the most hotly anticipated this summer. Studio Ghibli released previous hits just in time for the summer holidays to attract the maximum number of movie-goers, and it seems likely it will do the same with “Kokurikozaka Kara.”
The new anime is an adaptation of the manga of the same title by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama, which ran in the monthly Nakayoshi comic magazine for young girls in 1980.
Hayao Miyazaki conceived the idea for an animated feature adaptation after he read the original manga series. Studio Ghibli once considered making a film out of it, but the project didn’t get off the ground. Fortunately, it was successfully completed this time.
Following the “Tales from Earthsea” released in 2006, Hayao’s son Goro took to the helm as director for the movie. His father provided story ideas.
The film of the “Kokurikozaka Kara” is set in Yokohama in 1963, as opposed to the original manga which is set in 1980. The movie will feature various spots in the port city, including the Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen (Park with a view of the harbor).
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