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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Drama, Fantasy, Animation
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Isao Takahata
James Caan as The Bamboo Cutter (voice)
Brian Leone as Villager (voice)
Darren Criss as Sutemaru (voice)
Hynden Walch as Me no Warawa (voice)
Chloe Moretz as The Princess Kaguya (voice)
Beau Bridges as Prince Kuramochi (voice)
Oliver Platt as Lord Minster of the Right Abe (voice)
Mary Steenburgen as The Bamboo Cutter's Wife / Narrator (voice)
Daniel Dae Kim as Great Counselor Otomo (voice)
James Marsden as Prince Ishitsukuri (voice)
Dean Cain as The Mikado (voice)
George Segal as Inbe no Akita (voice)
Lucy Liu as Lady Sagami (voice)
John Cho as Middle Counselor Isonokami (voice)
Storyline: An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her.
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Little Bamboo! Little Bamboo!
Takahata's Kaguya is based on the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, considered one of the first early examples of prose. It's a very Eastern narrative - Kaguya is part of a divine race who lives on the moon, and despite her highs and lows on Earth, is destined to return someday. I am reminded of a similar Chinese folktale, about a beautiful but vain woman who abandoned her earthly life and husband in an attempt to reach the heavens, but flew much too short, and was destined to spend the rest of her days on the moon. Neither reach the gut wrenching lows of Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies, but Kaguya's tale is tinged with hints of regret, nostalgia, and longing for various things.

It's an increasingly rare but stunning example of traditional style animation, as per Ghibli standards. This one is even more unique. The old folktale is brought to life from its traditional roots; dark lines streak across the frame and fade out as if the brush needs more ink, splashes of watered down colours seep into the picture, and like the old scroll paintings, the background is often non-existent, blank and white. This is both good and bad - in some instances the film demands that the depth of the background be visible in order to immerse you into the world: the bustling marketplace in the capital, but more importantly, the grassy hills and trees of the countryside that she treasures the most of all. It's less concerned with light and shadow and detail (like many animes) and more concerned with a simplistic and serene portrayal of the story. But it also lends itself to the film's emotion - in one particular scene Kaguya is frightened and angry at being a plaything for her father to parade and put on a pedestal, and so she escapes in an otherworldly manner into the wilderness. Immediately the colour palette is muted and the shadows grow large and frantic. The art suddenly becomes frenzied as if the painter is feeling the same thing as Kaguya; the lines are streaky and messy and chaotic, the watery smooth ink is replaced by rough charcoal outlines. It's something that cannot be captured in a still frame, her fluid and furious movement frenetic. Her brows furrow (for the last time in a while) in pain and anger as she sheds layers of fine robes and runs through the streets underneath a gigantic full moon (foreshadowing her past and future). It's a remarkable scene. This is similar to the suitor's hunt for the jewel of a water dragon's neck. This too is stunningly portrayed, imagination fully realised as the embodiment of the deep sea roars and splashes against the tiny boat. We know that such fantastic and terrible things do not exist on this Earth, but can't we pretend?

I have seen some complaints about the runtime and how some sequences should simply be trimmed. I do not agree. Aside from the absurd notion that shorter is better, Kaguya's life on Earth is much more substantial when showing us everything; every stolen honeydew melon in the summer heat, every childhood song, every delicious communal pheasant stew (or lack of). The way that the baby Kaguya's animation and story are handled is sublime and tender. True, she is still growing up way too fast (actually a device that is not needed, seeing as she slows down later in life to match the adult Sutemaru anyway). But we are allowed to grow up with her, every step along the way. Another director might have utilised a two minute or so montage to illustrate her early years, especially those first steps as a toddler. Takahata allows us to take delight in growing up with our very own little bamboo.

Hisaishi's scores is up to his usual standards, with one track, The Procession of Celestial Beings, being the standout. It's a lively tune that trades the grace and serenity of the xylophone, triangle and flute with the heavier majesty of the brass and strings. At first I found it a little jarring, but on refection it's oddly appropriate. For the moon people, it's of course a celebration that their princess is returning. It's a stark contrast to the tragic farewell of Kaguya to her earthly life. Another thing, the English dub is surprisingly good (although it is Ghibli). Often I preferred it to the original Japanese because Moretz is less shrill and softer, more mature as she should be. For the few instances of singing however, the Japanese is a must, more beautiful and sincere than the awkward translation. And of course the songs are vital to the narrative.

True, the themes are simple and we've seen it before. The longing for the idyllic childhood, the rough damsel in a refined society, the rebellion against parental and societal expectations, the what-could-have-been romance etc. But it's done with such nuance and emotional depth. We have the father, who's good intentions become a classic desperation for status and wealth and recognition in the ignorance of his daughter's true desires. Kaguya's struggle is something we have all experienced before in some ways, but her individual circumstances are tragic. Even with all the male suitor's fighting over her sexuality and her unhappiness with conforming to the court, her earthly existence is a meaningful one compared to an eternally stagnant nirvana on the moon. How many films can elicit such pain and nostalgic longing with such a simple but haunting song? The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is about life after all, the ebbs and flows of joy and sadness, the sudden but inevitable end. If Hollywood has made this, it would be about life too, but it'd be an optimistic bildungsroman. Not that there's anything wrong with that of course, but we do need more films like this.
Isao Takahata strikes again
14 years after directing the underrated My Neighbors the Yamadas, director Isao Takahata finally released his new film. Based on the oldest, and apparently most well-known folktale in Japan, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. (spoilers) It details the life (and times) of Kaguya, a small girl who originates from a city on the moon, is sent to earth where she excels in the simple farm life, suffers under life as a lady in the city and eventually returns to the moon. It's a story containing both realist and surreal elements, a combination that Takahata has perfected in his films. Though apparently a very popular tale in Japan, the story isn't exactly blockbuster material. Nevertheless, Takahata followed his own vision and has crafted a highly effective film replete with all the love and care and obsessive attention to detail Studio Ghibli has become known for.

We first see (what else) a bamboo cutter discovering a robed girl, Kaguya of course, as small as his hand in a forest. He takes her into his home with his wife where Kaguya grows abnormally fast. She lives a happy country life with friends etc. Eventually, the bamboo cutter cuts another bamboo tree and to his astonishment finds gold. He becomes something of a rich man and convinces his wife that by moving to the capital, they'll finally be able to grant Kaguya the kind of life that will make her happy. Of course, life as a lady is only suffocating to the free-spirited Kaguya who alternates between having to learn and accept the lifestyle of a 'proper lady' and wanting to desperately escape the city.

Naturally, the film looks stunning. Takahata utilizes a palette consisting mostly of soft pastels and charcoal. Characters are drawn in minimalist, though highly distinct fashions. The soft pastels and charcoal textures aren't just eye candy however, but fit with the story's ancient origins, the film looking as if drawings on ancient Japanese scrolls were coming to life. As befits Takahata, visuals are also used to externally emphasize a character's inner life and feelings. One particularly amazing scene, showing Kaguya desperately fleeing the capital, begins with pastels and charcoal, but soon grows more aggressive, with more and more harsh charcoal lines, reflecting Kaguya's inner turmoil as she flees It's quite simply one of those scenes where you realize you are, at that very moment, witnessing 'art' taking place in front of your eyes; in other words, the greatest thing you could possibly experience in a movie theater.

Personally, I can only level two complaints at the film: one, the surrealist aspect of the story was a bit hard to digest. I'm referring to the moment when Kaguya realizes she's from the moon and has to return there. There's something strange about watching a scene where she outright tells her 'parents' she's from the moon when the film up until this point was highly realistic in tone, despite the surrealist opening scene where she's found by the bamboo cutter. Two, the film is perhaps a tad too long. I have nothing against long (animated) films per se, but here I eventually felt exhaustion entering my body. I think this is an issue inherent to the story and the fact that it isn't exactly the most varied plot. There are basically only two environments: the landscapes depicting nature and life in the city. As befitting Takahata's later output, the tempo is quite slow and this will be hard for viewers who are unfamiliar with Takahata to digest. In its favor, I find the slow tempo to also be to the film's benefit. Like Kaguya, the viewer also grows tired of the city's endless parade of suitors and emphasis on etiquette.

I've read articles where people question the point of this film. Why would Takahata adapt this story? After directing films like Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday, why would he turn to Japan's oldest folktale? I believe the reason can be found in the end of the film. At one point, Kaguya is hesitant to go back to the moon and leave earth and all she's experienced. Even later, she has a small monologue about earthly life in general with all the beautiful and negative experiences she's accumulated. The point she's making is that despite the things she's experienced during her days as a 'lady' in the city, she still loves earthly life. Think back to Takahata's Only Yesterday with its positive outlook on people and life despite all the dramatic events. Both films prefer the honest farmer's life as opposed to city life. Think back to Yamadas which is an even more overt celebration of daily life in all its normalcy. Kaguya fits easily within this most important of themes in Takahata's filmography.
Bizarrely interesting but a bit overrated.
'THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A Japanese animated fantasy film from writer/director Isao Takahata. Takahata directed and co-wrote the movie (with Riko Sakaguchi), which is based on the Japanese folktale 'The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter'. It tells the story of a magical princess; who was found inside a glowing bamboo plant, when she was a baby, by a bamboo cutter who then raised her. The film has received mostly positive reviews from critics and it was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, at the upcoming 87th Academy Awards. I found it to be bizarrely interesting but a bit overrated (like most films of it's genre).

The film begins with a bamboo cutter, named Sanuki no Miyatsuko (voiced by Takeo Chii), finding a small baby girl; inside a glowing bamboo shoot. Believing her to be a magical gift from God, Sanuki takes her home and raises her as his own; with his wife Ona (Nobuko Miyamoto). She grows very quickly and the couple names her Kaguya (Aki Asakura). They raise her to be a princess and move her to the capital. There she is greatly admired, for her beauty, and sought after by multiple wealthy men. Kaguya is not impressed by any of her possible suitors though, and she challenges them all to bring her a really rare gift.

The movie is the type of animated film I would have liked a lot more as a kid. It's well made, and an interesting story, but it's also way too long and overly melodramatic. This is typical of many animated films though; especially ones made in Japan. Fans of the genre, and especially the director, will love it though. I found it to be just a little too dry and boring.

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Best animated film ever made?
When I think of animated films, my mind is not filled with enchanting scenes from Fantasia or talking toys or many of the other things that seem to be so exhilarating to mass audiences. Popularity and entertainment have grown less exciting to me the more that I watch movies. I want to be caressed with a beautiful idea and allowed to ponder it for a while. That's why I love Studio Ghibli. Or, that's at least one reason why I love Ghibli.

Other contenders for best animated film might be... Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, or the beautiful "recobbled cut" of The Princess and the Cobbler. I think that The Tale of Princess Kaguya is easily a contender. Not for greatest of 2014 (WHY Big Hero 6?) but of all time.

Animation-wise, it is near the very top. It is every bit as entrancing as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Of course, Princess Mononoke has more detail in its art and The Princess and the Cobbler is in a class of its own. (If you've never seen The Princess and the Cobbler - Recobbled Cut on YouTube, watch it now - its Salvador Dali meets Andy Warhol). The animation is minimalistic to the point that it actually enhances and adds to the experience. Your mind is allowed to fill in the blanks. The "suggestions" made by the animators are absolutely breathtaking. The spirit of Japan comes to life in their strokes.

Considering the animated films that are being released today (Walt Disney Studios, for example, treats its audience like mindless garbage receptacles), Princess Kaguya is more than a breath-of-fresh-air, it is a very important film. It says something that very few movie studios have the guts to say. That money doesn't matter - life should be pure. That's what this movie pines for - purity. And how so lacking are America's studios today! Hollywood has become a business rather than a laboratory. It no longer makes films; instead, we are subjected to 2- hour-long trailers for merchandise. Kaguya is a real masterpiece and work-of-art. It deserves to be celebrated. And it deserved the Oscar. Maybe it's too good for the Oscars.
Like many others, I've been following Studio Ghibli for decades. I always found its stories to be mature, as well as fitting for younger audiences. Stories for adults with a child's heart. I also liked the way they -almost- always offered some hope, regardless how dramatic or even gloomy they could get.

Unfortunately, this tale is for mature audiences only, I'd say, and it's rather depressing, overall.

There's nothing wrong with the film per se; the animation takes a very traditional approach and it becomes even simplistic, separating itself vastly from most Ghibli productions. The storytelling can get dull for people who are not into drama, with its 2 hours and 17 minutes in length.

Besides, this movie lacks also a certain sense of movement which other Ghibli films had, mostly in the form of unapologetic action. The pace is quite tranquil, with one or two rushy moments, without reaching the peaks achieved in previous Ghibli films (and no real action).

I liked other Takahata movies, like Pom Poko, Only Yesterday, My Neighbors the Yamadas and Grave of the Fireflies (being the latest pretty grim, as well).

Alas, it's a movie for the taste of critics for sure. Pity that their tastes do not have anything to do with the youth, and the message Ghibli delivers to them in other films is lost here to a more mature and disenchanted audience.
This is truly the best animation movie of 2014
The tale of the Princess Kaguya brings in the Japanese tale about princess kaguya and her journey to find the meaning of happiness.

Since this is Ghibli studio movie , it's for sure still amazing looking movie but even more stunning with it's Japanese painting style , and even that the movement of characters in the movie is still really good and some scene which character moving really fast it's just so amazing and so beautiful to watch.

With that and Isao Takahata great storytelling just make this movie a really top list of animation movies.

One thing that really make a lot of people angry is the ending of this movie which is not a surprise consider Isao Takahata famous movie like Grave of the Fireflies but honestly i personally really like the ending because it's just fit to the theme of this movie so much.

and that theme is talking about finding the "happiness" but in the reality world it's not that easy and sometimes you just can't change everything especially the terrible fate that waiting for you and that what's The tale of the princess kaguya talks about.

In the end this movie is truly the best animation movie of 2014 without any doubt in my mind , and maybe even the best movie of studio Ghibli.
Takahata's latest is beautiful but disappointing.
I'm conflicted about folktales. What began as bits and pieces of oral literature, before someone had the good sense to put them to paper, are owed some amount of respect for being among the first stories that humans told. However, so many of the principles that we consider essential to the telling of a "good story" were developed — and are still developing — many generations after the birth of these yarns. Ancient storytellers didn't have the benefit of thousands of years of literature to lend them a detailed understanding of structure, character development, conflict, or how to make these elements compelling. I don't mean to be so hard on the awkward adolescence of modern literature, but folktales tend to be pretty bad stories. The process of adaptation can inject modern storytelling sensibilities into an otherwise crappy narrative, but in the case of the 2013 Studio Ghibli film KAGUYA-HIME NO MONOGATARI (The Story of Princess Kaguya) filmmaker Isao Takahata was unable to give this fable the contemporary touch it needs.

KAGUYA-HIME NO MONOGATARI is based on the oldest known Japanese narrative, "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter," believed to be written in the 10th century. It tells the story of a poor man who finds a tiny girl in a stalk of bamboo. He takes the girl home to his wife, and they decide to raise her as their own and name her Kaguya. As she grows, Kaguya's otherworldly beauty becomes more apparent, and suitors begin to ask for her hand in marriage. She turns all of them down, rejecting the concept of marriage outright. At the end of the story, Kaguya must return to where she came from — the moon.

As is clear from the premise of the tale and the opening scene of the movie when she is found, the titular character is not your average girl. Aside from her unusual discovery, we are first made aware of this in the scene where her adoptive father brings her home. She suddenly grows from a well-proportioned little person like Thumbelina or one of the Borrowers to something like a human infant. Considering that Takahata has always been the teller of more realistic stories compared Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli cofounder and legendary animator) and his flights of boundless imagination, this moment is one of the first instances in the movie that showcases Takahata's unique ability to blend the fantasy of this tale with the realism he is more experienced with crafting. It's so understated that it borders on unsettling.

The first act of the movie is top-tier coming-of-age type stuff. The main character makes fast friends with some local boys and begins exploring the world around her home. Her father wishes to refer to her as hime, or "princess," but her new pals dub her takenoko, or "bamboo," to his chagrin. Her micro adventures cement one of the central themes within the film — the Buddhist ideal that a simple life is a good life. Once her father begins discovering piles of gold inside his bamboo harvests, it is only a matter of time before he whisks his little family away to an expensive palace where Takenoko will get the grooming she needs to become the princess the bamboo cutter intends for her to be. It is here that Takenoko — now referred to as Kaguya — begins to really develop as a character. At first, she openly basks in the luxuries of an affluent life but quickly begins to reject the expectations of one at her station — that is, etiquette, physical alterations, and eventually marriage.

The story arc with the suitors is what I have the most problems with. They show up and boast all of the treasures they could lay at Kaguya's feet, but each boldly proclaims that Kaguya would be the most prized possession were she his. The princess rejects the notion of being objectified like a rare gemstone or precious metal and sends the suitors away. A few of them return later to prove their love through deception, but the young girl sees through their lies and sends them away once more, even refusing the proposal of the emperor of Japan. All of this is important to Kaguya's growth as a character. It proves that she is still the self-reliant tomboy she was as a poor bamboo cutter's daughter, despite all her pampering. The problem is that it lacks any of the understated magic that's so pervasive throughout the rest of the film and quickly begins to feel like a stuffy period piece instead of the fantastical folktale that it is. In a scene where the princess is doing something as uncomplicated as learning to play music, there is a mysticism surrounding her affinity for the instrument. All of this mystery and intrigue disappears as soon as these hopeful husbands show up. It bogs down the film to the point that by the time it's over, the audience has already been checking their watches for almost half an hour.

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya:The original Japanese version.
When taking a look at the films which had been nominated for viewing on IMDb's Film Festival board,this was the one that went right to the top of my most anticipated list.With Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke being my fifth favourite film of all time,I got set to meet another Ghibli princess.

The plot:

Chopping bamboo, Sanuki no Miyatsuko a bamboo shoot and finds a baby girl growing inside it! Believing her to be a miracle,Sanuki and his wife decide to raise the girl as their own.Giving her the name "Princess" the Miyatsuko's soon find their daughter to grow at an abnormal speed,as she develops a close friendship with Sutemaru,a fellow child in the village.Cutting bamboo one day, Miyatsuko cuts into bamboo shoots of gold. Taking this as a sign that their daughter really is a "princess",the parents tear her away from the village,and take her to live in a Palace. Christened with the name Princess Kaguya,Kaguya decides to give all of the men who want her hand in marriage impossible challenges,as Kaguya looks to her past in the nights sky.

View on the film:

Based on the 10th century Japanese folklore tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,co-writer/(along with Riko Sakaguchi) director Isao Takahata paints the tale with exquisite water colours,giving the title a haunting atmosphere of being a fading memory. Taking the brave step of not filling every inch of the frame with a constant stream of action, Takahata expertly uses space to give the film an extraordinary poetic quality,with the royal ruby colours Kaguya is surrounded by being unable to replace the lush greens and blues of the flowers in Kaguya's former village.

Currently the longest movie to come from Studio Ghibli,the screenplay by Takahata & Sakaguchi brilliantly use the time to meditate on the emotional bond Kaguya has to her childhood home,which sails off into a devastating, melancholy final,where Kaguya's parents find their daughter to grow away from them. Along with the heart-wrenching family Drama,the writers sparkle the title with a dose of Ghibli magic weaved in the attempts to get Kaguya's hand in marriage having the touch of tall tales from the lights of The Canterbury Tales and the fragmented encounters between Kaguya and Sutemaru leaping from an earthy bond into a pure,bittersweet flight of fantasy,as the bamboo shoots open up the tale of Princess Kaguya.
It all comes down to whether you like the animation
"Kaguyahime no monogatari" or "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" is the newest Studio Ghibli movie. You may know director Isao Takahata, who turns 80 next year, from "Grave of the Fireflies" or the 1970's TV show "Heidi".

As I wrote in the title, the way you will perceive this film is gonna depend a lot on how you like the animation. It is almost like a children's book and certainly not everybody's cup of tea as it's just so different, not only compared to what Disney and Pixar did in recent years, but also compared to other Ghibli films, such as Miyazaki's work. If you appreciate the style, however, you will surely like this movie. Checking out the trailer before might be a particularly good idea here to get a grasp of what you can expect. By the mere looks of it, this film could also have been made 50 years ago.

My favorite part was possibly the first 45 minutes, the time Kaguya spends with her "parents" in the village before they move to the city. It's just all so harmonic and easy-going. Quite a shame, her father had something else for her in mind as otherwise we may have gotten the same for another 90 minutes. The life in the city and Kaguya's transformation were good to watch too, but not really for the story than for all the cultural and social references of Japan. The stories with her admirers were solid, but somehow I felt something was missing. The ending was a good idea. I liked the return-to-the-moon plot, but I wished it would have been done without all these moon people coming down to get her. I actually really liked the sequence, where she flies up with her childhood crush and this could have worked as a better ending in my opinion. But at least, they did not go for a forced happy ending.

I am not sure about the Japanese version, but the German dubbed version I saw had a female narrator with very little text that was really not necessary in my opinion. One particularly interesting thing about the story was her relationship with her father. Even if he was the driving force for her different new life, which she did not appreciate at all, she was always as loving to him as she was towards her mother. This film offers lots of room for interpretation. Was the finding of the bamboo with a girl inside just as unlikely as the mother giving birth to her at that age and was the girl actually suffering from an illness that resulted in her early death? What about the quick growing early on and the normal growing later on? With that early speed, she must have surpassed her parents in terms of age quickly. And what about the bamboo reference? Do these grew tall quickly and stay the same till they die after 25 or so years? Is there a botanist in the room? This film is on the preselection for Academy Award Best Animated Feature Films and it will be interesting to see if it can make the cut and score the nomination or even possibly win. To make a decision for myself, I still have to see some of the other films on that list. Kaguya, however, is certainly worth watching and there were only really very few moments where I felt it dragged a bit, unsurprisingly with such a long runtime, especially for an animated movie. It was all very rewarding as the song that played during the closing credits was pretty beautiful.
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