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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya [2 Discs] [DVD] [2013]

  • SKU: 1722105
  • Release Date: 02/17/2015
  • Rating: PG
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (139 out of 147)

    Special Features


    • 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

    Synopsis


    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
    In this fanciful tale, a bamboo seller finds a tiny princess in a stalk of the plant. Years later, five men propose marriage to her, but she isn't interested in any of them. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Mary Steenburgen
      Mary Steenburgen - The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (English Version)
    • James Caan
      James Caan - The Bamboo Cutter (English Version)
    • Chloë Grace Moretz
      Chloë Grace Moretz - Princess Kaguya (English Version)
    • Darren Criss
      Darren Criss - Sutemaru (English Version)
    • Kengo Kora
      Kengo Kora - Sutemaru (Japanese Version)



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 147 reviews

    95%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Studio Ghibli does it again

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      Kodama1
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Studio Ghibli overshadowed by Disney "partner"

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      WhiskeyTangoActual
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      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.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Takahata's Last Masterpiece: Beautiful Work!

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      cherryblossoms2
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      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

      Beautiful, haunting, joyful

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      BadgerKing
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Warning: It may not be for all...

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      SoreFingers
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      First of all, this is not your fancy graphic anime; its approach is like old fashion artwork. I wasn't sure what I was getting into at first, since the trailer is useless in my opinion, but bit by bit I was drawn in by the story. Basically in short, the plot emphasize on the love people can have for each other. The movie demonstrates traditional Japanese culture in a very interesting matter and may "bore" some viewers if they're not into that. This was more like a folklore tale being told which I didn't mind. There are a few things that don't add up for me but that's for debate. Overall I did enjoy it and would consider this on my "relaxing" anime category.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unusual Animation

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      MovieNut
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      I was hesitant to watch this movie, due to the water color based animation, as the artwork seemed busy from the previews. That was not the case as the scenes are artfully arranged to minimize the lack of cohesion, while in certain scenes it was emphasized to maximize the emotion of that moment in the movie. The movie sticks close to the original Japanese legend, while being more viewer friendly. This is another Studio Ghibli masterpiece that will certainly gain the title of a classic despite not winning the award for best animation, even though the animation was of a higher artistic quality than Big Hero 6.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Haunting and memorable

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      YonderBlue
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      A truly amazing animated film. Using a style that looks like ancient scroll paintings, this film comes alive through the beauty of the illustrations and haunting music by Joe Hisaishi. It tells the tale of a mystical encounter with a moon princess and teaches us the importance of family. I saw this film originally in Japanese at a theater and there were a bunch of kids in the audience. I was worried. But throughout the entire run time of over two hours, not one of the kids made a peep ... They were enthralled. Buy this. Add it to your collection and enjoy it over and over. In fact buy all the Ghilbi films. You will not regret it.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Acquired Taste

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      RX78
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      It's good story, and old Japanese fairytale. But because it is a Japanese ancient fairytale, unless you have a fair idea of the Japanese culture and history, you'll probably either shaking your head all the time, or simply be uninterested and turn the movie off. However, if you know basic plot of this story, and know the Japanese cultural history, you'll find this movie quite interesting. I took one star off for being too long, where some parts of the story just seems to drag a bit too much, and kind of stops the flow of the story, I thought.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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