GKIDS, KENNEDY/MARSHALL AND STUDIO GHIBLI ANNOUNCE
THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
CHLOË GRACE MORETZ
OCTOBER 17 RELEASE DATE
“KAGUYA” TO RECEIVE NORTH AMERICAN THEATRICAL RELEASE
AND AWARDS SUBMISSIONS
New York, NY – July 15, 2014 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences,
has announced the English voice cast for THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, the highly anticipated new feature
from Studio Ghibli. It is the first film in fourteen years from legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. 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. (Full cast list below.)
GKIDS has North American distribution rights for the film and is planning a theatrical release starting October 17, with
national expansion to follow. The film will qualify for the Academy Awards® and other awards season contests.
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Variety
hailed it as “a visionary tour-de-force.” Eight years in the making, the film is the untold story of The Princess Kaguya,
the heroine of the ancient Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
The English-language version is being 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.
GKIDS and Studio Ghibli partnered with Studio Ghibli on the 2013 release of From Up on Poppy Hill and GKIDS handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS also handles theatrical distribution for Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, widely considered a masterpiece.
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately she must face her fate, punishment for her crime.
Based on the classic Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA is the newest film from Studio Ghibli and the strikingly beautiful culmination of decades of contemplation by its director, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata.
English Voice Cast
The Princess Kaguya – Chloë Grace Moretz
The Bamboo Cutter – James Caan
The Bamboo Cutter’s Wife – Mary Steenburgen
Sutemaru – Darren Criss
Lady Sagami – Lucy Liu
Me no Warawa – Hynden Walch
Inbe no Akita – George Segal
Prince Ishitsukuri – James Marsden
Prince Kuramochi – Beau Bridges
Lord Minister of the Right Abe – Oliver Platt
Great Counselor Otomo – Daniel Dae Kim
Middle Counselor Isonokami – John Cho
The Mikado – Dean Cain
Kita no Kata – Emily Bridges
ABOUT STUDIO GHIBLI AND ISAO TAKAHATA
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Born in 1935 in Mie Prefecture, Japan, Isao Takahata graduated from The University of Tokyo with a degree in French literature. In 1985 he co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, where he has directed five animated feature films: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), named one of the greatest films of all time by film critic Roger Ebert, Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (1994), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), and THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, released November 2013 in Japan. He also directed the live action documentary The Story of Yanagawa Waterways (1987). Takahata served as producer for Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Castle in the Sky (1986). In 1998, Takahata received Japan’s Medal of Honor, The Purple Ribbon.
GKIDS is the distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in feature animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored four Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – the most for an independent distributor – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, and Ernest & Celestine in 2014. Upcoming 2014 releases include A Letter to Momo, from Tokyo-based animation powerhouse Production I.G; Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, directed by studio co-founder Isao Takahata; and the highly anticipated Song of the Sea from Tomm Moore, director of The Secret of Kells. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is the longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Gus van Sant, Henry Selick and James Schamus. www.gkidsfilms.com.