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Kiki sighted on a broomstick in front of famous shrine in Tokyo

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By Yoriko Takahashi

Opening day of the live-action movie "Kiki’s Delivery Service" is just around the corner. It will be released on March 1. Ahead of opening day, an event for the movie took place at Hanazono Shrine in Tokyo on Feb 20.

In the event, Fuka Koshiba, who was cast as Kiki, showed up from the sky over the shrine riding on the broomstick, dressed in full costume.

It made for great viewing and interesting news. She was being hauled 15 meters above the ground with a crane - and was reportedly insured for 100 million yen.

The movie was filmed on Shodo Island in Kagawa Prefecture. It is a famous island in the Inland Sea of Japan and the prefecture made a map of the various places where the movie was shot on the island. There is the famous bakery where Kiki works and the stunning natural landscape where Kiki is flying around in the movie. If you are interested, follow in her footsteps on Shodo Island.

Source: AkihabaraNews

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I hate it when they turn great animes into live actions. People have their disinterest on this. Just look at the dislike bar of the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20rhuaIK7jQ

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Kiki is the cutest girl I've ever seen riding a broomstick!

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Hey titaniumoxide! You and all the other haters need to lighten up. If you don't like a movie (especially one you've never even seen), then don't go. By the way, Kiki's Delivery Service was a novel BEFORE it was an anime. What about the novel purists that hate it when a novel is made into an anime?

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Matayoshi , don't blame me. Blame the producers and directors who makes an unrealistic version of every good anime. Fyi, I do watch these live action adaptations, but it frustrates me everytime. I've seen live deathnote, dragonball, gantz, the recent Rurouni Kenshin. None of the films matched the anime. It looked like the anime are being insulted everytime.

I never said the movie is ugly though. It's just uninteresting, so cliche. As for the novels you are saying, let's face it, the anime is the best product the world love, not the novel and neither the live movie.

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I don't know why they think they can make a masterpiece of an amine like this one better by making it into a live action movie, It just ruins the magic behind it all.

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like Glenn says, the movie is actually based on the original novel, not on Miyazaki's anime interpretation, so it's going to be very different. it doesn't look very exciting anyway, though.

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I'll be watching with great interest. The locations sure look stunning. And hey, I didn't think I'd like the Harry Potter movie either, but I loved it.

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@Glenn Matayoshi

Everyone has their own opinion and I am with titaniumdioxide on his/her/it comment for can you imagine trying to do a live-action movie doing the story line of 'Ghost in a Shell'? It could never be done as good as the Anime.

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I don't understand the fawning over Majo-no-Takyubin. The original story was very weak, and Kiki bland, obsequious and irritating.

Maybe one needs to be a hormonal teenager to understand it?

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Maybe one needs to be a hormonal teenager to understand it?

Maybe one needs an imagination, and a love for great art and animation to understand it.

I didn't think I'd like the Harry Potter movie either, but I loved it.

That was from a book to a movie, which is very common. Plus, they invested hundreds of millions of dollars and over a year of shooting to make each of those movies...I seriously doubt this movie's budget or production time even comes close

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Maybe one needs an imagination, and a love for great art and animation to understand it.

Really? What this sentence tells me is that Saint Miyazaki's fans are a pack of snobs.

To summarise: a thirteen-year-old know-it-all decides one night to leave home on a whim, eventually bumbling her way into an unknown town. She meets a woman who owns a bakery and starts working for her. A friendly local boy helps her escape the rozzers and she is completely rude to him for about 3/4 of the film. Upon missing a party (due to the fact she's brown-nosing some old dear), she then starts sulking in bed for a few days, later discovering she has lost her powers. The boy then gets into trouble and she miraculously rediscovers her powers just in time to rescue him from falling. End. Yawn.

1) Why does she leave her parents only to move in with a woman who becomes a surrogate mother to her? 2) Why is she so rude to her peers and yet is completely obsequeous towards people older than her? 3) If a theme in the film is discovering one's indiviuality, why is Kiki in fact a completely servile dogsbody? 4) What kind of message does having a thirteen-year-old child leaving home send out? This is hardly mature and responsible behaviour. She's too young.

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A.N.Other.

Take those questions up with writer of the story and not with Gibhli and Miyazaki who only adapted a book.

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AN Other

Its silly that you're taking a childrens story so seriously and literally. Obviously you have no love for the story, so just avoid it completely...There is no gun to your head...Problem solved.

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She was being hauled 15 meters above the ground with a crane - and was reportedly insured for 100 million yen.

That's how much her career is worth?

As for the novels you are saying, let's face it, the anime is the best product the world love, not the novel

Howl's Moving Castle novel is better than the movie.

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Just a note, but though pop culture has witches etc. flying on broomsticks with the bristles at the back, the original stories had them flying with the bristles (and a candle) at the front.

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She was being hauled 15 meters above the ground with a crane - and was reportedly insured for 100 million yen.

That's how much her career is worth? They are not protecting her they are protecting the investment made for the movie, if she falls, the movie´s reputation drops....

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i want to see this movie! ^w^

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