The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Reviews

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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
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 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.
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.
December 4, 2014
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.
November 24, 2014
This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.
November 13, 2014
If there's a message here about the foolhardiness of parental expectations, it fades away in the face of the film's rapturous visuals.
October 30, 2014
The term 'moving picture' seems especially and happily applicable here.
October 30, 2014
The hand-drawn details are breathtaking, with a cautionary and compelling story for tweens and older kids to share with their parents.
October 30, 2014
It's more deeply satisfying and complex than similar, Hollywood-produced fare - like fine wine compared with Kool-Aid.
October 30, 2014
Princess Kaguya belongs in the film-princess pantheon.
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