The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)
Critic Consensus: Boasting narrative depth, frank honesty, and exquisite visual beauty, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a modern animated treasure with timeless appeal.
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as Princess Kaguya
as The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (English Version)
as The Bamboo Cutter (English Version)
as Prince Ishitsukuri
as Inbe No Akita
as Princess Kaguya (Japanese Version)
as Princess Kaguya - Young (English Version)
as Sutemaru (English Version)
as Great Counselor Otomo
as Lady Sagami
as Sutemaru (Japanese Version)
as Middle Counselor Isonokami
as Mikado (English Version)
as Mikado (Japanese Version)
as Lord Minister of the Right Abe
as Menowarawa (English Version)
as Menowarawa (Japanese Version)
as Ishitsukuri no Miko (Japanese Version)
as Inbe no Akita (Japanese Version)
as Kitanokata (Japanese Version)
as Great Counselor Otomo (Japanese Version)
as Lady Sagami (Japanese Version)
as Abe no Udaijn (Japanese Version)
as Ouna (Japanese Version)
as Okina (Japanese version)
as Sumiyaki no Roujin (Japanese version)
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Critic Reviews for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Plays out as a wistful, slow-burning romance, underscored with a streak of social satire and animated in exquisitely subtle pastels and watercolours.
It's the beautiful and breathtaking animation that gives The Tale of the Princess Kaguya a luster that is both simple and sophisticated.
One can only hope Ghibli maintains a creative standard as high as his.
What makes "Princess Kaguya" stick in emotional terms? Its depiction of an extraordinary girl, learning for herself that a life without real joy and spontaneity is only a shadow of a life.
This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.
Audience Reviews for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is a lovely story about a found princess that grows quickly, deals with life's hardships, downfalls, and the realistically drawn imagery really makes you buy into this story. Well-written, brilliantly-animated (as always by Studio Ghibli), it is definitely worth it's Academy Awards recognition. It may not be the best film to come from this studio, but ever since the mastermind of the studio passed, it will be a challenge to live up to. I really enjoyed watching this film, and by the end I was actually tearing up, because the maturity level of the characters and symbolism that was being shown, really stood out. "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is the definition of an achievement in my opinion and deserves to be seen by many around the world. This is a very original film, however, it is a tad overlong and slowly paced out, making for a less pleasant experience. It felt like it was trying to take it's beautiful story and stretch it to become a Blockbuster film, which felt very out of left field for the studio. In the end, this is a really good film.
That the title of the original folktale places its importance on the bamboo cutter is symptomatic of those ungrateful times for women like our tragic heroine, and this is a gorgeous-looking, sad story whose only flaw is a frustrating suggestion that its most beautiful scene could be a dream.
To say The Tale of Princess Kaguya is not a good movie in any way is the equivalent of saying that Cars was an original film, let alone a good one.
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