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‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ Opens Oct. 17

Based on the classic Japanese folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” latest Studio Ghibli release opens in New York on Friday, October 17.

Studio Ghibli’s latest animated feature, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, opens in New York at the Independent Film Center on Friday, October 17.

Based on the classic Japanese folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is the strikingly beautiful culmination of decades of contemplation by director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata.

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her -- but ultimately she must confront her fate.

Screenings in both English and Japanese have been scheduled; visit the GKIDS website for screening dates and times, and to purchase tickets:

The English-language version of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya was produced by Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler, with Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall Executive Producing. This is the same team that handled English versions for the two previous Studio Ghibli films, The Wind Rises and From Up on Poppy Hill. In addition to Chloë Grace Moretz as The Princess Kaguya, the film features the voices of James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. 

GKIDS has North American distribution rights for the film and is planning a theatrical release starting October 17, with national expansion to follow.

Source: GKIDS

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.