Monday, August 10, 2009

Waiting for Ghibli



Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the latest film from director Hiyao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke) is out in the US this summer, courtesy of Disney. I've been looking around the net for the UK release date and am disappointed to see reports that it will not be until early 2010. Why do we always have to wait so long for East Asian movies to get a theatrical release here? By the time they've come out most people have got sick of waiting and found an online copy or ordered the DVD from an overseas source. I've watched Totoro many times with my daughter and I want Ponyo to be the first film she sees at the cinema so I'm going to have to wait. In the meantime here is the Japanese trailer (above).

Ponyo Disneyfied trailer here
Ghibli Ponyo site

2 comments:

duriandave said...

2010... yikes! That is a long time to wait, especially considering the Hong Kong DVD (with English subs) has just been released. Lucky for me, it's opening where I live this Friday. I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen, but I'll definitely be picking up the DVD so I can watch the original Japanese version.

Well, it will be worth the extra wait to have Ponyo be the first film your daughter sees in a theater. (I think mine was Dumbo.)

YTSL said...

And I was pitying the poor Americans who only got to see Ponyo months after me! Hope your daughter enjoys watching the movie in a cinema -- and also hope that you get her a DVD with the original Japanese dub to watch for when she's older and is comfortable reading subtitles.