The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Reviews

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Top Critic
October 16, 2014
Like all fairy tales worth their salt, the movie trusts children to take on the big themes of life, death and despair included, and thus removes the sting.
October 16, 2014
Notably, the original story was called "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter," but Takahata's title puts the focus where it belongs.
October 16, 2014
A thing of endless visual beauty that seems to partake in a kind of pictorial minimalism but finds staggering possibilities for beautiful variation within its ineluctable modality. It's a true work of art.
October 16, 2014
A lovely, glacially told gem from animator Isao Takahata, the 78-year-old cofounder with Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.
October 16, 2014
Distills a millennium of Japanese storytelling into a timeless film that feels both ancient and alive in equal measure.
October 16, 2014
An allegory about the irrecoverable joys of childhood, it may make parents hug their kids now.
October 13, 2014
It's a lovely piece of work.
October 2, 2014
There are light-hearted moments but there is something about Princess Kaguya's experience that is moving and tragic.
March 23, 2014
Isao Takahata's retelling of the oldest recorded Japanese narrative is a visionary tour de force.
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