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'Kiki's Delivery Service' releases first live action teaser

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The new live action Kiki's Delivery Service film has released its first teaser.

The movie has announced a release date of March 1, 2014, reports Anime News Network.



The Grudge and Ju-On director Shimizu Takashi's film is based on the novel by Kadono Eiko's.

It famously spawned Hayao Miyazaki's animated Studio Ghibli adaptation in 1989 and has also been the subject of a stage musical and manga series. Ghibli is not involved in the new version.

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service



Figure skater Koshiba Fuka, 16, has been cast in the lead role.

Kiki's Delivery Service centres around the titular witch, who moves to a large city.

Shimizu's adaptation is expected to incorporate elements of the novel's sequel for a more complete story than the animated version.

If successful, it is hoped that the film will spawn a franchise adapting the entire, six-novel Kiki's Delivery Service series.

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