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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
(PG, 137 min.)

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. [Gkids]

Director: Isao Takahata
Language: Japanese w/ English subtitles
Genre(s): Animation, Drama, Family
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"It's a remarkably gorgeous piece of work."

— Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist

"The animation is so gorgeous that any given frame could pass for a masterwork."

— Noel Murray, The Dissolve

"An exquisite, hand-drawn marvel and an alternatingly jubilant and heartrending epic pastoral."

— Inkoo Kang, TheWrap

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

— Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"It's the best kind of fairy tale — tough, deep and meaningful, with a heroine who stays true to herself in spite of shallow temptations."

— Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty."

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a visionary tour de force, morphing from a childlike gambol into a sophisticated allegory on the folly of materialism and the evanescence of beauty."

— Maggie Lee, Variety

"Magical and melancholy, The Tale of Princess Kaguya comes from the other mad genius of Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata, who co-founded the beloved Japanese animation company alongside the great Hayao Miyazaki back in 1985."

— Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine (Vulture)

"A devastating and deceptively simple tale adapted from 10th-century folklore, Isao Takahata’s The Tale Of Princess Kaguya distills a millennium of Japanese storytelling into a timeless film that feels both ancient and alive in equal measure."

— David Ehrlich, The A.V. Club

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya is both very simple and head-spinningly confounding, 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."

— Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com