Originally intended to open on July 20th to coincide with Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind is Rising, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's first movie in 14 years, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, was delayed to the fall. Looking ahead to the November 23rd release, nine new preview images have been presented.
As far back as 2009, the talk was that Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's first movie since his 1999 watercolor style adaptation of family comic strip My Neighbors the Yamadas would be a retelling of 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) - the story of moon princess Kaguya-hime, discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The story figured into many other anime, from Oh! Edo Rocket to to Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Millennia to Sailor Moon.
As with recent Miyazaki movies, the cast is largely live-action performers, including drama actress Aki Asakura as the lead, Aki Asakura as Sutemaru, the late, prolific Takeo Chii as Okina and Japanese Academy Awards winner Nobuko Miyamoto as Ouna.
The movie's theme, Kazumi Nikaido: "Inochi no Kioku (Memory of Life)"