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Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

Alternative Titles

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
Duration: 2 hr. 17 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.361 (scored by 24,633 users)
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Ranked: #1852
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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 name. 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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Nishimura, Yoshiaki
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Director, Screenplay, Creator
Asari, Naoko
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Sound Director
Hashimoto, Shinji
Hashimoto, Shinji
Storyboard, Key Animation

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

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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
Feb 28, 2015
doodlemancy (All reviews)
This is a film that I feel would have trouble watching again. That's part of why I like it.

I was interested in seeing this mostly for its departure from the usual Studio Ghibli style. It's based on a folk tale, a really old one, literally a thousand years old. How do you retell something so old in a way that people can relate to? It's a lot of slippery slopes. A straight retelling of an ancient story could easily be dull, but changing the story risks altering its meaning. Kaguya does neither.

Isao Takahata breathed new intensity into this old story. Kaguya does not hold read more
Mar 23, 2015
Namoonriver (All reviews)
As soon as I heard that Studio Ghibli were putting production together for a story as famous as The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, I knew I had to see it. Growing up on the quirky and relatable characters in Kiki's Delivery Service, to the fantastic visuals of Castle in The Sky, Studio Ghibli never fails to disappoint with their use of musical score, lighting, themes of adolescence, love of nature and companionship. Needless to say, this film did not disappoint.

True to the folktale, the plot centers on a bamboo cutter, who comes across a bamboo shoot filled with glowing light. Within that bamboo read more
Dec 5, 2014
dankzel (All reviews)
"Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" was such a beautiful movie made by Studio Ghibli and directed by Isao Takahata (of "Grave of the Fireflies" fame) based upon the famous Japanese folktale "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter". This is a movie that should truly be considered a "work of art". The classical Japanese art style, which left in sketch lines and seemed to be painted on, took a little getting used to but ended up being spectacular especially with the concluding moon parade sequence. Along with the music and singing, these elements were incredibly immersive and really helped to transport me back to 10th century Japan. The read more


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