March 2001

March 27, 2001 Prinzessin Mononoke to be theatrically released in Germany
The German dub of Mononoke Hime, Prinzessin Mononoke, will be released to German cinema theatres starting April 19, 2001. In addition, the Japanese version with German subtitles will be presented during the Japanese movie festival at the 3001 cinema in Hamburg ( on April 16.

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March 26, 2001 Press Conference announces July 2001 release of Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
On March 26, 2001 Yomiuri Online reported on a press conference held by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli at Edo-Tokyo Building Park in the Kouganei-shi, a suburb of Tokyo (a park about old Japanese houses and one of the favorite spots of Miyazaki-San) announcing the July 2001 release, in over 300 theatres, of Studio Ghibli's newest film Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi. What follows is an unofficial translation of the article by Mikiyo Hattori and Tom Wilkes. The original article (in Japanese) can be found on the Yomiuri Online website.


"Suzuran" HIIRAGI - challenges as a voice actress in Miyazaki anime Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

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Heroine Rumi HIIRAGI and Film Director Hayao MIYAZAKI


The production announcement of Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Film Director Hayao MIYAZAKI, nationwide Touhou Group) Studio Ghibli anime's latest work, which will be presented to the public in July took place on (March) 26th, at Edo-Tokyo Building park in the Kougenai-shi, suburb of Tokyo; participating (among others) was Rumi Hiiragi (age 13), whose first challenge as a voice actress is the role of the girl protagonist.

It's the story of a really "present-day child" heroine who loses her way in a "land of mystery" and whose "Power of Living" is gradually awoken. Speaking of Hiiragi, she became famous with the child role in the NHK "morning drama" Suzuran (Lily of the Valley), but this time she also got the leading role in an audition. She says, "because there is a voice which I can only make while moving around, acting with the voice alone is difficult" For this reason, she has been practicing zealously every day without letting the script out of her grasp.

Film Director Miyazaki says, "The girl in the movie is not beautiful, but Hiiragi-san is cute," (and) gazes at her with an affectionate look as if (she is his own) grandchild. They aim at (making Sen) a hit surpassing the record-setting 11,200,000,000-yen earnings of Mononoke Hime, (which was) Ghibli's first nationwide release. There are also plans to screen (Sen) overseas - in Korea, America, and other countries.

March 12, 2001 Princess Mononoke VHS goes to sell-through
The more reasonably priced ($19.99 MSRP) sell-through version of Princess Mononoke on VHS will be released on March 13, 2001.