The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Reviews

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September 6, 2019
A hand-drawn masterwork.
August 27, 2019
Everything in it exudes a special magic that emanates in a slow and leisurely narrative rhythm, that transports us unfailingly to another time. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 6, 2019
The result is a pleasing, if bloated and simplistic, experience destined to be overpraised because of its lauded creative team.
May 14, 2019
Occasionally guilty of resting on its beauty in a way its protagonist never does.
May 6, 2019
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is one of the most beautifully animated films of this or any other year.
April 4, 2019
A melancholic swansong, it blends the director's prior occupations and provides a perfect canvas for a final visual flourish.
October 10, 2018
The material might be fantastical, yet due to the universal themes of womanhood and true happiness, Princess Kaguya's story is exceptionally grounded.
November 16, 2017
A great, grounded realist with a firm eye but a light touch, Takahata's leisurely swan song has a rare serenity and grace.
January 26, 2017
Takahata brings his own feminist spin to Kaguya's coming of age, showing how this child of nature is repeatedly kept from happiness by the forces of patriarchy.
June 6, 2016
In an era where anime films seem to blend into each other aesthetically, Takahata's impressions seems marvelously alive - its modesty in images makes them feel as if they're being created before our very eyes.
March 18, 2016
A mezmerizing display of impresionist animation. [Full review in Spanish]
February 29, 2016
There exists a compelling experiential satisfaction of the closure of a mythical character journey full of ebbs and flows, complexities and emotional introspection, all expressed fully in the compassionate drawings of director Isao Takahata.
May 25, 2015
Flurries of expressiveness swirl into subtle shifts in style; it's these fiercely elemental illustrations of one girl's forbearance, defiance and longing which mark Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya as Studio Ghibli's fourth masterpiece.
April 9, 2015
A hauntingly mesmeric masterpiece that creeps beneath the skin and truly transports the viewer into an enchanting world of myth and magic.
March 22, 2015
A poignant gem, very different in tone to the director's most celebrated works, Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday, but no less worthy of praise and admiration.
March 20, 2015
The impression is of a continuous series of watercolours, similar to the narrative scroll revealed to Kaguya in a key scene.
March 20, 2015
While the characters feel very simplified at times, there are scenes that put great weight on performance and subtle expressions, in a way that's nearer to the classical Disney tradition than most Japanese animation.
March 20, 2015
As you'd expect from the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Takahata has created a ravishing, technically perfect product and the hand-drawn, watercolour images explode with tender, humorous details.
March 19, 2015
Be prepared for a melancholy denouement that's not suitable for younger children, but which grown-ups and older kids may find heartbreaking.
March 19, 2015
Believe the Best Picture Oscar nomination and the universal praise. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a joy.
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