KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE Receives Live-Action Film Treatment in Japan; First Full Trailer Released
Published: December 10, 2013 - 7:12am
Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便), based on the children's fantasy novel by Eiko Kadono, is directed by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge franchise) and stars Fuka Koshiba, Machiko Ono, Hiroshi Yamamoto. The film is slated for theatrical release in Japan on March 1st, 2014.
The story follows a young girl named Kiki (Fuka Koshiba) who must leave her home for a year to begin training in witchcraft. After saying goodbye to her friends and family Kiki leaves on her broom and begins her new life in the town of Koriko seaside with her trusted cat Jiji.
Kiki's Delivery Service was also adapted into an animated film by acclaimed director and Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki in 1989. Released in an English-dubbed version by Disney in 1998, with Kirsten Dunst as Kiki and the late Phil Hartman as Jiji, Kiki’s Delivery Service has proven to be one of the most popular Ghibli titles in North America.