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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 12 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... The Princess Kaguya (voice)
James Caan ... The Bamboo Cutter (voice)
Mary Steenburgen ... The Bamboo Cutter's Wife / Narrator (voice)
Darren Criss ... Sutemaru (voice)
Lucy Liu ... Lady Sagami (voice)
Beau Bridges ... Prince Kuramochi (voice)
James Marsden ... Prince Ishitsukuri (voice)
Oliver Platt ... Lord Minster of the Right Abe (voice)
Hynden Walch ... Me no Warawa (voice)
Dean Cain ... The Mikado (voice)
Daniel Dae Kim ... Great Counselor Otomo (voice)
George Segal ... Inbe no Akita (voice)
John Cho ... Middle Counselor Isonokami (voice)
Emily Bridges ... Kita no Kata (voice)
Brian Leone ... Villager (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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

JPY 5,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 284,252,550 (Japan), 25 November 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,915, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,506,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,170,399
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the voices were recorded prior to the production. However, Takeo Chii passed away after the recording, hence Yûji Miyake took over, and voiced Chii's role in additional recordings. Miyake was credited as a "special appearance". 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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A beautiful version of the old Japanese folk tale. A must see!
7 December 2013 | by gyulemetov-nikolaySee all my reviews

Like many other Ghibli fans I didn't like the Yamadas back in the day but Takahata Isao has returned with a blast.

The film is beautiful. The animation is simple yet exquisite, reminiscent of old Japanese watercolours. Special kudos go to Joe Hisaishi for his superb soundtrack - the final scene and its music left me almost in tears.

The only problems lie in the sometimes slow development of the plot and a few loose ends. There are also tiny deviations from the original story, but I felt that it was as true to it as possible. All in all a beautifully drawn, beautifully crafted movie, solid voice acting (for a Japanese movie at least) and, again, the beautiful music. Excellent job, Ghibli.

Hats down to Mr. Takahata as well.


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