Documentary Film Inspired by Kiki’s Delivery Service Author Eiko Kadono
Kadokawa launched a trailer in October for Colorful na Majō ~ Kadono Eiko no Monogatari ga Umareru Kurashi ~ (Colorful Witch: Eiko Kadono‘s Everyday Life That Gives Birth to Stories), its biographical film revolving around Kiki’s Delivery Service creator Eiko Kadono.
The documentary provides an intimate look into Kadono’s day-to-day activities over a span of four years. Marina Miyagawa directed the film, and the voice-over was provided by actress Aoi Miyazaki (featured in live-action NANA, Wolf Children).
The movie is set to be shown at the Kadokawa Cinema Yurakucho on January 26th.
The six-part fantasy novel series by Kadono, Majo no Takkyūbin, narrates the growth and maturity of Kiki and her black cat Jiji. Kadono initiated the chief novel series in 1985 and concluded it in 2009. A side-story revolving around the character Osono was published by Kadono in 2014. For her outstanding work in children’s literature, she earned the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2019.
The well-known 1989 anime film adaptation of the first novel was led by Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli. Late theatre director Yukio Ninagawa also rolled out a stage musical adaptation from 1993 to 1996. The first two books influenced a live-action feature film in 2014, starring Fūka Koshiba, later forming the basis for a stage performance at London’s West End in 2016, and inspiring a new stage musical performed in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017.
The first book was officially published in English by Annick Press via translation by Lynne E. Riggs in 2003. That same year, Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney issued Studio Ghibli‘s film on DVD in North America. A brand new English version of the first book, via translation by Emily Balistrieri, was rolled out by Penguin Random House in 2020.
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