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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.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Isao Takahata (story), Isao Takahata (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aki Asakura ... Kaguya hime / Jokan (voice)
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Sutemaru (voice)
Takeo Chii ... Okina (voice)
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Ôna / Narration (voice)
Atsuko Takahata Atsuko Takahata ... Sagami (voice)
Tomoko Tabata Tomoko Tabata ... Menowarawa (voice)
Shinosuke Tatekawa Shinosuke Tatekawa ... Inbe no akita (voice)
Takaya Kamikawa Takaya Kamikawa ... Ishitsukuri no miko (voice)
Hikaru Ijûin Hikaru Ijûin ... Abe no udaijin (voice)
Ryûdô Uzaki Ryûdô Uzaki ... Ôtomo no dainagon (voice)
Shichinosuke Nakamura ... Mikado (voice)
Isao Hashizume Isao Hashizume ... Kuramochi no miko (voice)
Mirai Uchida Mirai Uchida ... Kaguya hime (child) (voice)
Fubomichi Takazawa Fubomichi Takazawa ... Voice Appearance (voice)
Reigo Mizoguchi Reigo Mizoguchi ... Shônen (voice)
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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. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Princess' Crime and Punishment


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Arthaus [Norway] | Disney [Japan] | See more »

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 November 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY5,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,915, 19 October 2014

Gross USA:

$974,913

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,638,337
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the Heian period, etiquette dictated that a lady could not communicate face-to-face with outsiders. Therefore every time a suitor arrives, Kaguya-hime is sitting behind a screen (sudare) or blinds, shielded from view. See more »

Goofs

While the baby princess crawls to the cutter she tosses a piece of bamboo to the edge of the floor mat. In the reverse shot as she crawls back, it is missing. See more »

Quotes

The Princess Kaguya: [singing] Go round, come round, come round... come round, oh distant time. Come round, call back my heart. Come round, call back my heart. Birds, bugs, beasts, grass, trees, flowers. Teach me how to feel. If i hear that you pine for me, i will return to you.
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Delightful and sort of frustrating
7 December 2014 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I liked this to a good extent, and my rating goes up because of the last 15 minutes, which are so magnificent. Those last several minutes and the first act are truly brilliant, but for some reason, the film sort of lost me in its middle and a little more than that. Not completely lost me, but it did get a little too much and it got to less interesting overall. I can't say I completely agree with the critical acclaim it's gotten, but I think it's a good, sometimes very good, film, definitely made stronger because of certain scenes. The sound mixing here is incredible, and the voice acting (in its original language) is pretty fantastic as well. Overall, still recommended but with reservations, yeah.


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