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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Live-Action Kiki's Delivery Service Movie

Behind-the-scenes footage with Kiki...
  • The video begins by introducing Fūka Koshiba (Iki mo Dekinai Natsu) as the title witch girl Kiki. It then shows the huge open set, including the Gütiokipänja Bakery centerpiece. Co-starring with Koshiba is Machiko Ono (Suzaku, Like Father, Like Son) as Osono, the owner of the bakery where Kiki works. Hiroshi Yamamoto plays Osono's baker husband Fukuo, and Miho Kanazawa plays a woman named Saki who visits the bakery.

  • In the Q&A of the video, Koshiba revealed that she cried when she heard that she would play Kiki. The director and the rest of the cast gave her advice on how to deal with her first starring film role. Ono added that she thinks they will create a film that people will enjoy. Director Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge/Juon, Tomie: Rebirth) said that he could not reveal the details on how they will depict Kiki flying on her broom. However, the staff and Koshiba are undergoing training and preparations, and they will use both visual effects and computer graphics.
    From right to left in the photo below are Shimizu, original novelist Eiko Kadono, Koshiba, Ono, and Yamamoto: 

  • Koshiba, an accomplished figure skater (she can perform the triple loop jump), entered the entertainment industry when she was chosen from 35,390 candidates in the "Girls Audition 2011" competition. Satoko Okudera (Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Princess and the Pilot) is writing the script for the film. 

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