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#1 Japanese Flick Learns English and Visits America

by Aaron Krach




Miramax is planning to release an English language version of the
Japanese animated film, "Princess Mononoke" in the United States.
"Mononoke" is the highest grossing film ever in Japan, and the official
entry for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In a
prepared statement, Miramax Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said that the
studio will find "actors who have distinguished themselves through the
years in Miramax films to work as speaking voice talents."


Miramax is hoping to combine their own experience with foreign language
films and parent company Disney's experience with animated features. The
decision to release "Mononoke" follows Miramax's success with the
Japanese film, "Shall We Dance."


"We are thoroughly impressed by the success of "Shall We Dance" in the
US, as handled by Miramax. We fee confident that Miramax will
successfully handle 'Princess Mononoke' as well," said Tokuma Chairman,
Yasuyoshi Tokuma.

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