Japanese Title: 魔女 の 宅急便
Romaji: Majo no Takkyubin
Release Date: March 01st, 2014
Running Time: N/A
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Eiko Kadono (Original Novel), Satoko Okudera (Screenplay)
Starring: Fuka Koshiba, Ryohei Hirota, Machiko Ono, Miho Kanazawa, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Rie Miyazawa, Michitaka Tsutsui
I posted a report about a new poster and a teaser video for the live-action Kiki’s Delivery Service on Anime UK News yesterday (sourced from Anime News Network) and while the teaser video doesn’t reveal much it is a good chance for us to get reacquainted as the film’s theatrical release of March 01st, 2014, creeps closer!
UPDATE: 16th December Here’s a full trailer:
Kiki (Koshiba) has turned 13 and must leave home to start her apprenticeship in witchcraft and become independent. She hops on her broom with her cat Jiji and bids farewell to her friends and mother (Miyazawa) and father (Tsutsui) and settles in a coastal city where she must decide what sort of area in the witching profession she should specialise in. The trouble is her only skill is flying her broom…
The full trailer reveals this to be a film so full of energy and colour that it’s bound to delight a broad audience. Not sure if it will charm die-hard fans but it looks nice enough. The film is the second movie adaptation of Eiko Kadono’s famous six volume novel series following Studio Ghibli’s anime in 1989 which I have watched twice this year thanks to Film4. The two have no connection. Reinforcing this fact is the presence of J-horror maestro Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On: The Curse 1 and 2, Marebito) as director and he is working from on a screenplay written by Satoko Okudera (The Wolf Children).
Kiki is played by former figure-skater Fuka Koshibe who made her acting debut in the eleven episode TV series Breathless Summer (2012) and Tombo is played by Ryuhei Hirota, an actor since he was a child who has appeared in the movie Police Dog Dream (2010) dramas Tokyo Tower (2007) and Suzuki Sensei (2011).