Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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Synonyms: Kaguyahime no Monogatari, Princess Kaguya Story
Japanese: かぐや姫の物語
English: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
German: Die Legende der Prinzessin Kaguya
Spanish: El Cuento de la Princesa Kaguya
French: Le Conte de La Princesse Kaguya
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 23, 2013
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Other
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 2 hr. 17 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.211 (scored by 121014121,014 users)
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Ranked: #3592
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Popularity: #1043
Members: 231,570
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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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Nishimura, Yoshiaki
Takahata, Isao
Director, Screenplay, Creator
Asari, Naoko
Sound Director
Pannetier, Jean-Marc
Script, ADR Director


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Ending Theme

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


Dec 11, 2014
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 ...
Aug 27, 2016
Mixed Feelings
I'm gonna be flat out honest: this review is definitely of the minority.

I've been on a Studio Ghibli movie marathon lately and I must say this is probably the worst for me (And I love pretty much all the other ones I've seen). This movie made me *angry* most of the time. It's supposed to be sad, but when you're overwhelmed by wanting to punch the father in the face throughout the whole movie it's hard to feel sadness. EVERYTHING WAS HIS FAULT. She could have lived happy in the country. But he has to read too far into the bamboo giving gold. And think ...
Jan 2, 2016
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 ...

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