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-1flb2-'s avatar


Very good movie. The animation is mesmerizing when the main character takes off running with a whirlwind of mixed colors. really amazing. Nice style of animation.
6 years 8 months ago
Nightwalker's avatar


Finally! It has been almost two years since I've seen an anime movie that moved me. A Ghibli production, I should've known. While The Wind Rises did almost nothing for me, Isao Takahata's swan song maybe even trumped his debut (Grave of the Fireflies). It's almost impossible not to compare Hayao Miyazaki's final film to the one of Takahata. Both are founding fathers of Studio Ghibli and both announced their retirement in the same year. But unlike Takahata, Miyazaki's last work was a bit too much history and a bit too little fantasy. Something I really adore in Ghibli productions. Over all I like Miyazaki better than Takahata exactly because of the fantasy aspect in their works. Now the rolls are reversed: Miyazaki showed us his take on the interbellum in Japan through the eyes of Jiro Horikoshi, while Takahata brought us a captivating vision of one of the oldest Japanese folktales: "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" from the 10th century. His drawing is primitive and almost the antipode of Miyazaki's more refined style. Because of that I suppose some people will find this too childish or even amateuristic. I see it as an authentic and functional (an old tale requires not too sophisticated drawings) asset to this movie. For me it probably wouldn't have worked any other way. Last year I was a bit disappointed by the lack of truely majestic anime (referring to Wolf Children and A Letter to Momo) and after seeing The Wind Rises I gave up hope for this year too. Now that I've seen The Tale of Princess Kaguya, I again look forward to some new anime productions; Hiromasa Yonebayashi's When Marnie Was There in particular!
7 years 11 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Isao Takahata's last film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, is based on the legend of a tiny princess fallen from Heaven, found in a stalk of bamboo, raised by a kindly couple, and eventually brought to court to become a noblewoman. Utterly charming, it very much plays as myth or fairy tale. Its gorgeous distinctive look - a sketchbook filled with watercolors - is perfect for the subject matter too. Not only for its picture book quality, but because the beauty of nature is an important theme, and the film, like a nature artist, takes the time to sketch flora and fauna into its narrative. Nature must be at the center of the film because it's the reason a heavenly princess would want to experience earthly matters. Kaguya's happiness fades when she finds her way to the court. After all, isn't that what she in part escaped? Earth isn't the opposite of Heaven, but a middle ground, where the aristocracy, reaching for the celestial, becomes its mirror. Or near enough. All the while, losing sight of things that are more true and more beautiful. And given Isao Takahata's recent passing, there's something elegiac and more profoundly sad about the ending.
4 years 7 months ago
Dewsions's avatar


Wow beautiful, love the watercolour styled animation and the subtle emotions felt through the narrative, one of the finest animations.
6 years 3 months ago
Torgo's avatar


One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. If you're not too fond of the ethereal fairy tale story (with light fantasy elements), you have to see it for the mesmerizing animations, really. It's touching, artistic and with so much love for composition and nature.

I have screen-capped some of my favorite moments and uploaded them in a Imgur album. Enjoy and share!
7 years 11 months ago
Princess_Of_Snails's avatar


I was really impressed with the unique animation that shocked me at times during the movie. (There was one scene where the princess was running out of a room and I was staring at the screen in awe.) Beautiful story as well. :)
7 years 2 months ago
Popco's avatar


Based on 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter', this movie tells a solid story, though the pacing of the second half is a bit lacking. It also adds a somewhat unnecessary love interest, but any storytelling flaws are more than compensated by the absolutely gorgeous animation.
8 years 3 months ago
JimiAntiloop's avatar


What to say? A lot of things are adorable in this one, but the final scene really looks like a hack. A tribe from “heaven” that erases all memory, before you go to paradise(?). Weird and very questionable.
3 years 4 months ago
Realenur's avatar


I cried during and after the Grave of the Fireflies. Now I'm crying again.
5 years 8 months ago
ermi's avatar


Utterly beautiful and mesmerizing. I had seen Kon Ichikawa's 'Princess from the Moon' before, so I was familiar with the storyline and knew more or less what to expect. But to my surprise this film managed to elicit strong emotional responses from me. I can confidently say this is one of the best movies ever made to explore themes of life, happiness, and death.
7 years 7 months ago
TEOS's avatar


Let's get things out of the way: if you like japanese animation and miyazaky, you'll fucking love this film and why the heck haven't you seen it yet. Ok, now: this movie is great. The beautiful yet simple animation makes every frame look litteraly like a painting, and it was such an incredible experience to be sucked inside this breathing and living world. The story feels (and is at except some details) like a fairy tail and it certantly Lola like it, even if sometimes the paste is really slow. I don't know why this film was so overlooked, it's just amazing.
8 years ago
monty's avatar


AKA The Tale of Princess Kaguya
8 years 11 months ago
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5 years 1 month ago
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