Eiko Kadono


A little while back, we brought you the rumor that the Studio Ghibli feature Kiki’s Delivery Service was being made into a live-action film, with Japanese horror director Takashi Shimizu  on board to direct. Original details were sketchy, but with the announcement made today, brought to us by Japanverse, the rumors are now confirmed.

Takashi Shimizu will direct a live-action Kiki’s Delivery Service, but Studio Ghibli will not be involved in the production. When asked of their possible involvement, the production company denied any involvement in the live action film slated for Spring 2014.

Kiki’s Delivery Service will be based on the first two volumes in the series Majo no Takkyūbin, both written by Eiko Kadono and later adapted into the animated movie from Hayao Miyazaki. Kind of a let down, but it’s unlikely that any studio would license their concepts to be used in a film they have absolutely no involvement in.

Don’t fret, Studio Ghibli has it’s own live action short in the works. You can look forward to giant robot action, and this one is actually produced by Studio Ghibli.


Originally played in theaters along with Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the nine minute short Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo, is actually the studio’s first live-action effort. Featuring a monster design by Miyazaki (seen above) the short has been pulled due to a copyright claim by the studio, so watch it while you thanks to our friends at Dread Central before it’s too late.

According to SugarKat:

“Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru” (Giant God Warriors Appear in Tokyo) is a short Tokusatsu movie created as a promotional video for the “TOKUSATSU – Special Effects Exhibition” at “TOKUSATSU – Special Effects Museum”, which has Anno Hideaki (Eva’s director) as museum director, in Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The movie was proposed to be shown with “Evangelion 3.0” by Suzuki Toshio and Anno Hideaki agreed with that. As a movie version, its pictures and sounds will we re-modified and it has the total length of 10:07 minutes. The movie features “Kyoshinhei” (Giant God Warriors) from “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and it was made to show the fascination and the fun of Miniature Tokusatsu.”

At least we know what a can be done with the studio’s help, just think of what they can do if they were to do a live-action film.

Source: /Film


If there is any major authority in beautifully told anime films for the last three and a half decades it’s been Hayao Miyazaki. His work has inspired generations of artists and writers on both sides of the world, but if some of his work was live-action, Miyazaki may not be as prevalent as he is today. So why are there rumors that a live-action version of Hayao’s Kiki’s Delivery Service is on the way?

According to an inside source for Twitch, director Shimizu Takashi was reportedly brought on to direct a live-action rendition of Miyazaki’s 1989 animated film. It seems weird that Studio Ghibli would hire Shimizu, who is better known for his directorial work on the Japanese horror series Ju-on and it’s North American remake The Grudge, but having specialized in supernatural films the man may be a shoe-in to direct. Now all this sounds fantastic – a Ghibli feature that could be handled properly by someone who knows supernatural films – but it could be too good to be true and may very well be.

Based on a 1985 novel of the same title by Eiko Kadon0, this big-budget version of Kiki’s Delivery Service would follow the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old witch gaining her independence and using her magical abilities to earn her living. The coming of age film would be one of best all-around family oriented films to see developed if Takashi has the blessing of the studio to direct, but at this moment everything we’re hearing is simply a rumor. Even Twitch, in the very first line of their story, say this “is best considered a rumor”.

So until there is solid confirmation from Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki or Shimizu Takashi that can back up this “insider” and their claims it’d be best not to get too excited. Still, if any of this is true, just think of who they could be casting.

Source: /Film