Director Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) draws inspiration from the Japanese folktale "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" for this animated Studio Ghibli production featuring a score by Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, The Wind is Rising).~Jason Buchanan
Announcement of the completion of the film
Japanese trailers and TV spots
PLUS: Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya - a feature-length documentary on the making of this masterpiece
Mary SteenburgenThe Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (English Version)
This is one of the few times that Studio Ghibli's partnership with Disney, via Pixar, caused it to be beggared at the 2015 Academy Awards. As much as I enjoyed BIG HERO 6, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA really deserved to win Best Animated Feature Film.
This is a lyrical and beautiful retelling of Japanese folktale, The Bamboo Cutter's Story, mainly from the perspective of the magical Lunar being who is eventually named Princess Kaguya.
While there is obvioously a lot of computer power behind the final film, the style of animation is hand-drawn/rotoscope and every bit as impressionistic as the most beautiful of watercolor paintings as found in any culture, not just Asian.
The story depicted is full of heart and love, best (if misguided) fatherly intentions, unconditionally nurturing motherhood, and a tragically misunderstood would-be human princess of celestial origins. Kaguya is always observant of Nature as she grows to become both wise and shrewd, but she is ultimately rendered powerless over her own destiny as a woman by the customs and culture of feudal Japan.
Alomg her journey from "discovered" forest sprite to womanhood, she encounters many friends among the common folk, a would-be soulmate, and the adventure of the beauty of the seasons/nature.
Not enough people got to see this film in theaters.
Correct that misfortune by treating yourself to a viewing on disc.
I have watched The Tale of Princess Kaguya for the very first time today, and I must say, I am stunned at such a beautiful animated film. It is director Isao Takahata's last work of animation, after decades of working with Studio Ghibli. He has directed such a beautiful, touching masterpiece that will remain in the hearts of those who, like myself, have taken the time to behold such a depiction, based on the Japanese folktale called The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. I can assure you that you will share laughs and perhaps shed a few tears as the movie goes forth, fall in love with the wonderfully hand-drawn characters who are brought to life and believe me, they have all the characteristics of real people. This is an animated film for the entire family to see and enjoy together.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Studio Ghibli does it again
Studio Ghibli does it again. You would think that after so many great movies Studio Ghibli would run out of ideas, but they seem to continue to impress. I had the opportunity to see this in the theatres with my teenage children and they both loved it as much as I did. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is the story of a poor bamboo cutter who stumbles across a tiny princess while cutting bamboo. The gods smile on him and gift he and his wife with Kaguya, who grows at an alarming rate until she reaches adulthood. The bamboo cutter is also given riches and silk to help provide for her. The cutter decides to move to the city and become a lord so that he can marry Kaguya off and have her live in a far wealthier fashion. Then you begin to see a wonderful story of happiness in simplicity versus trying to attain worldly happiness defined by wealth and status.
The visuals of Kaguya are incredible. It's like watching an animated Japanese painting come to life. The music is extremely fitting and haunting to listen to. This is a fine "first" movie post Miyazaki and makes me excited for what studio Ghibli will produce going forward.
If you're thinking to yourself, "Who would like this?" My opinion would be Those who enjoy beautiful art, those who enjoy Japanese folklore, those who like Fairy Tales, and those who enjoy excellent storytelling.
I always recommend Ghibli films for the family at any age level, though for Princess Kaguya the very youngest may not enjoy it as much. I have a 2 year old who this may be a little young for, but for them try "My Neighbor Totoro" or "Ponyo", or even "Kiki's Delivery Service".
Now as to the quality of the Blu Ray. They are top notch. It kept the high definition of the theater and the beautiful surround sound that made it magical to watch. I personally have only watched it in the Japanese DTS with subtitles and have not heard the English voice actors yet, but you will not be disappointed in the film in either case.
Another masterpiece from Studio Ghibli. The art style is very different to what you may normally see with animated movies. It is all completely hand drawn and colored in a somewhat loose style at times, which lends itself well, especially when showcasing certain scenes with a lot of motion in them (when Kaguya races out of her mansion into the night, it's simply breathtaking).
While you marvel at the animation, it also fits perfectly with the 10th Century folktale the story is based on. Both narrative and visuals come together perfectly. The movie demands your attention, however, and has a slow burn in regards to building the characters and story (and at almost 2.5 hours in length, it certainly is longer than most animated movies - but if you're familiar with Studio Ghibli films you already know this), and will hopefully have a lasting impression on you when you've finished watching.
Another classic from Studio Ghibli. A sad story of another life form given a chance to live a human life and experience emotion. Her adopted father is blinded by ambition and his desire to achieve social standing.
This is one of my favorite films from Studio Ghibli and is my sister's top film period. The art-style is excellently hand-drawn and unique. The characters, story, environments, and music combine together to create a wonderful ensemble. This film is a must-watch for any moviegoer.