The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Reviews

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March 19, 2015
The latest film from the esteemed Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli.
March 19, 2015
It has a delicacy and a hand-crafted feel that you won't find in the latest DreamWorks or Pixar blockbuster. Instead of brash primary colours, Takahata uses a pale and watery palette.
March 19, 2015
No one goes to Studio Ghibli for incident. This is a film-making model that favours contemplation over manufactured climaxes.
March 19, 2015
Lush, hand-painted images offer plentiful consolation, but its beauty forms a gilded cage: until the undeniably moving final movements, it just feels several shades too constrained to fully honour its heroine's restless, questing spirit.
March 19, 2015
Unique, beautiful and endlessly fascinating. It really is a work of art.
March 19, 2015
Over-long, but a work of great artistry and emotion. As the woodcutter says upon finding our heroine: "A gift from heaven".
March 19, 2015
Like The Wind Rises, this Oscar-nominated Studio Ghibli animation is a proper cinematic epic, telling a sprawling story with artistry, invention and vivid characters...
March 17, 2015
Plays out as a wistful, slow-burning romance, underscored with a streak of social satire and animated in exquisitely subtle pastels and watercolours.
March 16, 2015
This enchanting, admirable fable will elicit exuberant joy and great sadness due to the fact that it both celebrates women and mourns the limitations of their life under patriarchy.
March 15, 2015
Every frame truly is a painting with a simple and elegant watercolour look bringing to life Takahata's world in some style.
February 22, 2015
With gorgeously expressive animation reminiscent of Japanese scrolls and an irrepressible heroine who is full of life and joy and humor, this is an ancient folktale fresh with immediacy and relevance.
February 20, 2015
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is beautifully hand-drawn and written with the compassion the narrative deserves.
February 19, 2015
Thhis dreamlike folk tale is highlighted by exquisite watercolor-and-ink-wash artwork that offers soul-satisfying relief from the garish pandemonium of most animated films.
February 12, 2015
The Japanese have long been revered as masters of animation, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is fitting farewell for one of the genre's greats.
January 8, 2015
Both joyous and melancholy, Isao Takahota's The Tale of Princess Kaguya is an exquisitely drawn fable.
December 23, 2014
...a wonderful amalgamation of beautiful images, often breath-taking, and a charming and sweetly told story.
December 12, 2014
The animation in "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is created using cutting-edge 21st-century tools - pen, pencil, a splash from a watercolor brush.
December 4, 2014
The magic is in the technique.
December 4, 2014
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
One can only hope Ghibli maintains a creative standard as high as his.
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