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Kaguyahime no Monogatari

Animation | Feature
D Isao Takahata | Japan, 2013
L Japanese
Tags: Animation, Auteur, Coming of Age, Drama, Screened at Cannes

"A rich and astonishing swan song for Takahata, whose love of mischief and tender, expressionistic style have been essential steering forces at Studio Ghibli." – The Telegraph

Based on a famous 10th century Japanese legend, The Tale of Princess Kaguya follows an old bamboo cutter named Okina, who discovers a tiny girl inside a bamboo stalk. He brings the girl home to his wife, where the two raise her, discovering that she is actually a princess with an important destiny, and a mind of her own.

A close collaborator with the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, award-winning filmmaker Isao Takahata is best known for his seminal 1988 animation Grave of the Fireflies (MIFF 1997). A passion project Takahata first attempted to bring to the screen 50 years ago, The Tale of Princess Kaguya combines modern animations techniques with a beautifully classical hand-drawn style.

"An amazingly beautiful film, animated as if it were made with nothing but coloured pencils and water-colours … a joy to watch." – Kotaku

D Isao Takahata P Yoshiaki Nishimura S Riko Sakaguchi, Isao Takahata Dist Madman Entertainment L Japanese w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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