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Princess Raccoon (2005)

Operetta tanuki goten (original title)
Amechiyo (The banished prince) falls in love with Tanukihime (a princess of raccoon dog disguised to human). This is an Operetta which includes comedy, singing and dancing, and a love story.

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Credited cast:
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Joe Odagiri ...
Amechiyo
Hiroko Yakushimaru ...
Ohagi no tsubone
Mikijirô Hira ...
Azuchi Momoyama
Gentaro Takahashi
Saori Yuki
Miwako Ichikawa
Hibari Misora ...
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Eisuke Sasai
Papaiya Suzuki
Taro Nanshu
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Federico Aletta ...
Nan-bannjin (painter)
Akira Matsushita
Noriko Shiina
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Amechiyo is being hunted by his father for being too beautiful and as he tries to escape he runs into Princess Raccoon, a raccoon in human form. They fall for each other, but humans and raccoons shouldn't mix so the raccoon court causes some trouble. She saves his life, then he saves hers by finding the Frog of Paradise on the Sacred Mountain and so forth, until the tragic finale. Written by poco loco

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Ziyi Zhang spent half a month in Japan training in dance and voice. While her speaking part is in Chinese, she sings in both Chinese and Japanese. See more »

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omoi Shita ri masu na
Written by Michiru Ôshima
Performed by Ziyi Zhang and Hiroko Yakushimaru
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Combination of avant garde theater, video art and opera
28 February 2009 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Maverick director Seijun Suzuki finally was able to film his dream project, "Princess Raccoon" and in a way it's lucky he didn't try this in the 1960's. Special effects and computer graphics certain made this sort of production easier to achieve than the old film matte technology would have.

Some familiarity with Japanese history and theatrical traditions will help with the enjoyment of this film. Much as familiarity with Shakespeare's "The Tempest" would help with Peter Greenaway's dense "Prospero's Books". These two films actually have a bit in common although, "Princess Raccoon" is much more colorful and easier to watch for someone without the background to fully appreciate it.

While the art design, acting and direction are fine for most of the film, it seems to this viewer that the energy runs out in the last third of the film. Most of the interesting sets have been already been introduced and the camera seems to step back for more of a filmed stage play experience.

This is certainly a unique film experience and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in alternate forms of film performance. It's not really meant for children although nothing happens that would upset them. If the last third was better I would have given it nine stars.


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