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):