Studio Ghibli’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA Opens this Month in NYC
GKIDS brings Studio Ghibli’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (かぐや姫の物語, Kaguyahime no Monogatari, 2013) to American theaters, starting with special presentations this month at the IFC Center in New York City.
Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, POM POKO) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her — but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
From the studio that brought you SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, and THE WIND RISES comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.
The Special Presentations of THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA begin with screenings of the Japanese language version on Wednesday and Thursday, October 15-17. The English language version of the film will screen Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, at 10:30am, 1:10pm and 4:05pm. The Special Presentations include a FREE Limited Edition Collectible Poster (one per family while supplies last).
To purchase tickets, visit gkids.tv/films. Save $5 off the 10:30am screenings by using the code “1030moon”.
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA is Rated PG and recommended for ages 8 to adult.
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About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by Time Magazine.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences. Theatrical releases include Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS, Michel Ocelot’s acclaimed AZUR & ASMAR, European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner MIA AND THE MIGOO, Nina Paley’s multiple-award-winning SITA SINGS THE BLUES, and Japan Academy Prize winner SUMMER WARS by Mamoru Hosoda. Upcoming GKIDS releases include 2011 Berlin official selection A CAT IN PARIS and Annecy winner ELEANOR’S SECRET. GKIDS is also producer of New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF is an Oscar-qualifying event and jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, Matthew Modine, James Schamus, Michel Ocelot, and Christine Vachon.