Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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English: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Synonyms: Kaguyahime no Monogatari, Princess Kaguya Story
Japanese: かぐや姫の物語


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 23, 2013
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Other
Genres: FantasyFantasy, HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 2 hr. 17 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.211 (scored by 8385283,852 users)
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Ranked: #3062
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Popularity: #1002
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Deep in the countryside, a man named Okina works as a bamboo cutter in a forest, chopping away at the hollow plants day after day. One day, he discovers a small baby inside a glowing shoot. He immediately takes her home, convinced that she is a princess sent to Earth as a divine blessing from heaven. Okina and his wife Ouna take it upon themselves to raise the infant as their own, watching over her as she quickly grows into an energetic young girl. Given the name Kaguya, she fits right in with the village she has come to call home, going on adventures with the other children and enjoying what youth has to offer.

But when Okina finds a large fortune of gold and treasure in the forest, Kaguya's life is completely changed. Believing this to be yet another gift from heaven, he takes it upon himself to turn his daughter into a real princess using the wealth he has just obtained, relocating the family to a mansion in the capital. As she leaves her friends behind to enter into an unwanted life of royalty, Kaguya's origins and purpose slowly come to light.

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Kaguya-hime no Monogatari is based on the 10th century Japanese folk tale of the same title. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards, the first such nomination for Takahata. The film received over 20 nominations worldwide from critics associations, film festivals, and academies, winning seven times.

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Director, Creator, Screenplay
Asari, Naoko
Sound Director
Sakaguchi, Riko


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Ending Theme

"Inochi no Kioku (いのちの記憶)" by Kazumi Nikaidou (二階堂和美)

Jan 10, 2018
Konakana (All reviews)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya: Peaks and Valleys

**This “review" is SPOILER-HEAVY and is recommended for those who have already seen the film**

**This “review” is also FAR from complete and I will be continually updating it in the future as I better collect more of my thoughts.**

This analysis may be somewhat messily written or seem to lack any sort of overarching structure. It is merely my personal thoughts and things I’ve realized while watching the film.

As one of the more recent additions, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” may not be the first title to come up with when you think of Studio Ghibli, yet I’m convinced read more
Jan 2, 2016
awerture (All reviews)
This Studio Ghibli motion picture is relatively well-acclaimed outside the anime world. As of now it boasts 100% rating on rotten tomatoes and it was nominated for 87th Academy Awards. Unfortunately, for all of its praise it's a surprisingly mediocre work.

The movie has some merits - it has delightful watercolor-like visual style. It's very pleasant to watch, one can simply sit and enjoy the flow of images. Animation is vivid and the art style captures the mood of the period and atmosphere of the folk tale very well. What this movie fails to capture however, is the very point it's trying to make.

Because the read more
Dec 11, 2014
HaXXspetten (All reviews)
Studio Ghibli have always been at the very forefront in the anime film industry. Their creations have been able to reach out to any and all demographics with great success for decades, and have numerous masterpieces under their belt by now. Most of these are creations of the one and only Miyazaki Hayao, however Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies) released back in 1988, one of the most critically acclaimed Ghibli films was written and directed by the studio's co-founder Takahata Isao. But this was something that was known as a one-hit wonder, as his other works never got anywhere near the same level read more
Mar 11, 2019
Optigisa (All reviews)
--- This review spoils the entirety of Kaguya Hime no Monogatari, and is advised to be read after completion of the film ---

"It is like a circle, when one ends, the other one begins. So you can always count on it to keep on moving."

If there ever was a quote to perfectly describe the surreal and metaphorical journey that is Kaguya Hime no Monogatari, then this quote would be it. Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, or The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, is a Studio Ghibli film that was created and directed by none other than the legendary Isao Takahata, and was released during the year of read more

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