The voice cast for the new English language version of The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli’s latest film and the final animated feature film directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, has been announced.
Although revered animation director Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from directing animated feature films, he is not going to stop his creative work. The Japan Times has posted a video of last week’s press conference with Miyazaki where he talked with the media about the reasons behind his retirement and his plans for the future.
During a press event at the Venice Film Festival this weekend, Koju Hoshino, president of Studio Ghibli, announced that beloved animation director Hayao Miyazaki will be retiring and that The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) will be his last film. The Wind Rises is in the feature film competition at the Venice Film Festival.
No studio these days seems to have a more consistent and signature animation style than Studio Ghibli. Check out the beautiful new images we’ve seen online from their upcoming film The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. The film opens exclusively in Japan on July 20, 2013.
The English-language dub version of Studio Ghibli’s 2011 film From Up on Poppy Hill opens today in New York and will expand to Los Angeles and other select U.S. cities later this month. The official theater list and current U.S. release schedule is available on the film’s Facebook page. The English-speaking voice cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Gillian Anderson, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Aubrey Plaza and Beau Bridges. The film is being distributed in the U.S. by GKIDS Films.
Over the years, Studio Ghibli has become one of the most beloved and iconic names in animated cinema. Studio Ghibli is one of the few animation houses that still has a reverence for hand-drawn animation and nearly every film they release is nothing short of a master work; especially when the name Miyazaki is attached.