Watch Studio Ghibli Director Higuchi Shinji’s Live-Action Short GIANT GOD WARRIOR APPEARS IN TOKYO; New Images from Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES

     April 27, 2013


Studio Ghibli was briefly in the news earlier this week with word that Shimizu Takashi (The Grudge, Ju-on) would be directing a live-action adaptation of Eiko Kadono’s children’s fantasy novel Kiki’s Delivery Service.  Today, we’ve got a double-shot of Ghibli: a live-action short film titled Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru) from director Higuchi Shinji (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and new images from Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.

The first one needs little explanation beyond the title, but it’s fun to see Studio Ghibli getting in on some live-action throwbacks to the days of Godzilla and Ultraman.  As for Miyazaki, The Wind Rises is based on his most recent comic and centers on Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II.  Hit the jump to watch the short and to check out some images from Miyazaki’s new project. 

Here’s the live-action film Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru), followed by new images from Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises (via The Film Stage):



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  • twceyeallow121

    Wow! It’s the God Warrior from Nausicaa. I makes me want to watch a live action adaption of the Nausicaa manga series. That would be pretty amazing.

    • aaronsullivan

      Really want that translated as it is just sort of depressing, but what an interesting effect using puppetry instead of man-in-suit. It is indeed the God Warrior from Nausicaa and more like the manga version. Without translation it plays as some sort of sick desire to watch Tokyo be annihilated because they only pay attention to other people through technology.

      I’ve always wanted a live-action Nausicaa, but only if it’s perfect with a proper budget and inspired direction.

  • dogg

    Man, that is a lot of great miniature work for such a CRAPPY monster.

  • Old Soldier

    CGI and miniatures working together in harmony. This is the first time in a long time I’ve looked at special effects and said, “How’d they do that?”

    • Stasz Kooijman

      Exactly my friend.

      It’s a genre thing really ;) , done amazingly well by the director.

      Either way I think it looks impressive.

  • eldridge

    I am assured, that you on a false way.