Tale of Princess Kaguya, The ( Kaguyahime no monogatari ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 338

Average Rating: 3.3/4

# of Ratings: 29

Theatrical Release Date: 10/17/2014

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/17/2015

Language: Japanese

Genre: Anime, Drama

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Isao Takahata

Actors: Chloƫ Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden

Plot: Based on the oldest surviving, and one of the most famous, Japanese folklore tales - an old man who makes a living selling bamboo comes across a princess, no bigger than his finger, in one of the plants. Named Kaguya, she grows and when she is of age, five suitors from five prestigious families come to propose. She requests five memorable wedding gifts - but each of the five men fails to bring her what she wants - then, the Emperor of Japan proposes as well. -- Chris Kavan

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Animation Elevated in Stunning Fashion

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/22/2015

Studio Ghibli has produced some of my favorite animated films of all time. With The Tale of Princess Kaguya, with director Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas) at the helm, the studio gives us not just one of the most visually-stunning animated films I have seen, but one that delivers on multiple levels - from it's deep story to the wonderful score. In short, if you are a fan of animated films, this represents the pinnacle of the medium.

The story is based on one the oldest surviving tales in Japanese history. A bamboo cutter comes across a princess, who fits in the palm of his hand. Taking her home to his wife, she transforms into a baby, and the two raise her. She exhibits amazing growth (often facilitated by her happiness and nature) and …

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