Tokyo-based animation studio Production I.G. is producing a hand-drawn animated feature, Giovanni’s Island, directed by Mamoru Oshii collaborator Mizuho Nishikubo.
Scripted by Shigemichi Sugita and Yoshiki Sakurai, the film is set on an island in the aftermath of a devastating global conflict and follows the relationship between two children from different countries who are brought together by the war.
Presented by the Japan Association of Music Enterprises (JAME) to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the film will be released in Japan by Warner Entertainment Japan in early spring 2014.
Production I.G is handling international sales.
Nishikubo has worked on most of Oshii’s films including Ghost In The Shell (1995), Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (2004), which played in competition at Cannes, and The Sky Crawlers, which premiered at Venice in 2008.
His own credits as director include Musashi: The Dream Of The Last Samurai (2009), which was written by Oshii and screened at Locarno, Sitges, Warsaw, Stockholm and Vladivostok film festivals.
Production I.G. produced Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell, Innocence and Sky Crawlers and also made the animation sequence for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1.