The latest feature film from Studio Ghibli, Tales from Earthsea ゲド戦記 (Gedo Senki), will be due for release on July 29, 2006 in Japan and August 10, 2006 in South Korea. The film is produced in cooperation with Tokuma Shoten (株式会社徳間書店), Studio Ghibli, NTV, Disney, Hakuhodo (株式会社博報堂), Dentsu (株式会社電通), d-rights and Toho. It is based primarily on the third book of the Earthsea series, The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K. Le Guin.
The film is directed by Miyazaki Goro, the eldest son of reknowned Japanese director, Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎 駿). This film was directed by Goro because Hayao was busy with Howl's Moving Castle when a small team (including Goro) formed by producer Toshio Suzuki began work in October of 2003. Although lacking any animation production experience, Goro led the team and drew the storyboards. Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) and Yasuo Ootsuka (head animator of the Lupin series) were greatly impressed by Goro's drawings. Suzuki felt confident appointing Goro as director after hearing from Anno and Ootsuka.
View the trailer to the much antipated movie by Studio Ghibli here:
Tales from Earthsea (Official movie trailer)
and you can also download the TV promo here:
Tales from Earthsea (Japan TV promo clip)
credits to Studio Ghibli and Online Ghibli for providing the clips above. Do remember to visit the (Japanese-only) official site for Tales from Earthsea.
Personally I really liked the song they used for the film's trailer. I liked what I've seen so far on the trailers and previews so I'll be anxiously awaiting for the film's release this 29th of July!