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GKIDS to Release Studio Ghibli's Takahata Masterpiece 'Grave of the Fireflies'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 20, 2012 at 3:12PM

GKIDS has taken North American rights from Japan's Toho Co. Ltd. to distribute "Grave of the Fireflies," the 1988 feature from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The critically-beloved film is told in flashbacks from the perspective of two children as it follows the devastation of Japan during the end of WWII.
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Grave of the Fireflies

GKIDS has taken North American rights from Japan's Toho Co. Ltd. to distribute "Grave of the Fireflies," the 1988 feature from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The critically-beloved film is told in flashbacks from the perspective of two children as it follows the devastation of Japan during the end of WWII. It is considered to be one of the greatest works to come out of Studio Ghibli, along with "MY Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away."

"Grave of the Fireflies" was originally released as a double feature with "My Neighbor Totoro," despite its heavy subject matter. GKIDS plans to release the film in 2013 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It will also play as part of their touring Studio Ghibli Retrospective.

GKIDS' Eric Beckman states, “This deal finally reunites a great Isao Takahata masterwork with the rest of the Studio Ghibli films.  It is a profoundly moving film and an essential part of the Ghibli legacy.”

GKIDS began its agreement with Studio Ghibli in 2011 to release fourteen of their past titles. It is also planning a release of their latest film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," in March 2013.

Meanwhile, Sentai Filmworks released the Blu-ray of "Grave of the Fireflies" on November 20.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.