A new ad featuring actress/singer/spokesperson Nao Matsushita is co-promoting Studio Ghibli's upcoming anime feature Princess Kaguya and Eyeful Home, makers of single family wooden houses.
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 November 23rd.
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, the late, prolific Takeo Chii as Okina and Japanese Academy Award-winner Nobuko Miyamoto as Ouna.