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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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Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan's most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata. (C) GKIDS


Chloë Grace Moretz
as Princess Kaguya
Mary Steenburgen
as The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (English Version)
James Caan
as The Bamboo Cutter (English Version)
James Marsden
as Prince Ishitsukuri
George Segal
as Inbe No Akita
Beau Bridges
as Kuramochi
Aki Asakura (II)
as Princess Kaguya (Japanese Version)
Emily Bridges
as Kitanokata
Caitlyn Leone
as Princess Kaguya - Young (English Version)
Darren Criss
as Sutemaru (English Version)
Daniel Dae Kim
as Great Counselor Otomo
Lucy Liu
as Lady Sagami
Kengo Kora
as Sutemaru (Japanese Version)
Dean Cain
as Mikado (English Version)
John Cho
as Middle Counselor Isonokami
Shichinosuke Nakamura
as Mikado (Japanese Version)
Oliver Platt
as Lord Minister of the Right Abe
Hynden Walch
as Menowarawa (English Version)
Michael Leone
as Villager
Brian Leone
as Villager
Tomoko Tabata
as Menowarawa (Japanese Version)
Takaya Kamikawa
as Ishitsukuri no Miko (Japanese Version)
Tatekawa Shinosuke
as Inbe no Akita (Japanese Version)
Yukiji Asaoka
as Kitanokata (Japanese Version)
Ryudo Uzaki
as Great Counselor Otomo (Japanese Version)
Atsuko Takahata
as Lady Sagami (Japanese Version)
Hikaru Ijûin
as Abe no Udaijn (Japanese Version)
Nobuko Miyamoto
as Ouna (Japanese Version)
Takeo Chii
as Okina (Japanese version)
Tatsuya Nakadai
as Sumiyaki no Roujin (Japanese version)
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Critic Reviews for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (25)

Plays out as a wistful, slow-burning romance, underscored with a streak of social satire and animated in exquisitely subtle pastels and watercolours.

March 17, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the beautiful and breathtaking animation that gives The Tale of the Princess Kaguya a luster that is both simple and sophisticated.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One can only hope Ghibli maintains a creative standard as high as his.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.

November 24, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

If there's a message here about the foolhardiness of parental expectations, it fades away in the face of the film's rapturous visuals.

November 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Frisby 2007
Frisby 2007

Super Reviewer

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