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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Kaguyahime no monogatari (original title)
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Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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The Bamboo Cutter's Wife / Narrator (voice)
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Sutemaru (voice)
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Lady Sagami (voice)
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Lord Minster of the Right Abe (voice)
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Me no Warawa (voice)
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Inbe no Akita (voice)
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Kita no Kata (voice)
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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. Written by Anonymous

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A Princess' Crime and Punishment


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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent action and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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23 November 2013 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 5,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,915 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross:

$695,929 (USA) (6 March 2015)
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Mickey Rooney was originally going to play the Bamboo Cutter in the English version, but refused it and gave it to his friend James Caan. See more »

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Version of Big Bird in Japan (1988) See more »

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5 December 2013 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

I've already watched this film 3 times! I was deeply moved and couldn't stop crying every time.

I believe that "Princess Kaguya" is the best Ghibli film in the past 10 years because of the beautiful hand-drawn animation and touching story.

Japanese audience and critics are also very positive for this film, compared to other Ghilbi films.

Hayao Miyazaki is a genius but his recent films are always controversial since "Haul's Moving Castle".

One of the reason is that he relies on his imagination and makes light of a script. That's why quite a few people can't fully understand his recent films and sometimes blame them. ("The Wind Rises" was a tragedy in this meaning.)

Isao Takahata, the director of "Princess Kaguya", is a very good director known for "The Grave of Firefly" but not so active since "My neighbor the Yamada".

His philosophy is very different from that of Hayao Miyazaki. Isao Takahata thinks the scenario is very important and he prefers realism to fantasy.

"Princess Kaguya" is based on the Japanese oldest folklore "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter". But Isao Takahata transforms it into a universal humanistic story by describing Princess Kaguya as a realistic girl.

This film contains many fantastic scenes and they play as good eye candies. But the brilliantly illustrated life and emotions of the heroine is the most important part in this film. And that's what the director wants us to try to sympathize.

The beautiful and artistic style of this animation is suitable for this theme. Because this apparently unfinished animation gives us the room to imagine by ourselves.

Isao Takahata says, "The animations tend to deprive children of their own imagination by pushing them someone else's fantasy. We have to make another animation which let them imagine by themselves".

I can't wait to see the responses from the worldwide audience! Hope you will like this film too!


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