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  • Summary: 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]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 22, 2014
    100
    Emotions and moods are anchored to specific moments of stillness, and we feel them all the more intensely because of it.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Oct 16, 2014
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 21, 2014
    100
    This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 13, 2014
    88
    It’s a gentle epic, based on a 10th-century Japanese folk tale, that uses pencils, ink, and impressionistic washes of color to convey a glowing visual otherworld, one that stands in contrast both to Takahata’s earlier work and the hard-edged lines and bright tones of much anime.
  5. Reviewed by: Alex Dudok de Wit
    Mar 17, 2015
    80
    Notwithstanding the fairytale set-up, this is not exactly a children’s film. ‘Kaguya’ demands patience and open-mindedness. In return, it offers an achingly nostalgic meditation on what it means to love, age and depart from this world with dignity. A fitting farewell.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 23, 2014
    80
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    Sep 10, 2014
    60
    Taking Eastern watercolours as inspiration, the aesthetic is impressionistic and painterly with a fluidity that imbues the piece with an intrinsic magic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    It's astonishing. A prime example of how much poetic beauty, grace and wonder a film can inspire with so little. Mr. Takahata designs the filmIt's astonishing. A prime example of how much poetic beauty, grace and wonder a film can inspire with so little. Mr. Takahata designs the film with minimal impressionistic dream scribbles that makes the whole thing like like a delicate precious jewel that is humbling to view — not with its story of divinity, but its strange, wonderful tale of humanity. That this same sense of passionate sensitivity went into developing the princess herself into a fully developed and emotionally complicated woman rarely seen in film, animated or otherwise, helps it to transcend to the level of an unqualified masterpiece. It's my favorite movie of the year. Expand
  2. Jan 21, 2015
    10
    No stranger to crafting animated works of devastating emotional power, Isao Takahata''s latest masterpiece, and I don't throw that term aroundNo stranger to crafting animated works of devastating emotional power, Isao Takahata''s latest masterpiece, and I don't throw that term around lightly in any capacity, is a beautiful impressionistic fantasy with a towering quality of timelessness and emotional realism. Watching The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is the equivalent of having one of your childhood fairy tales fleshed out in a universe that feels more tangible than anything you've ever experienced in animation. I cannot stress the overwhelming beauty of the art style featured throughout Kaguya. I was blown away. The hand-drawn sequences stun with simultaneous clarity and formlessness, reflecting the duality of the perception of reality. I was emotionally floored when the climax came to pass. It is an ending that makes me consider my past failures in life and all the wasted time and emotions I've spent on not living to the utmost that will truly hit me hardest upon the forever leaving of a person from my life, maybe even my own passing. To love people as deeply as we do, and then to spend our time avoiding emotional intimacy or dismissing the great love for others that lie untapped in our beings, is truly heartbreaking. I cried at the finale, but the deep reservoirs of heartache that The Tale of the Princess Kaguya caused me is something I that I'm still reeling from almost a week after seeing it. The overall joyous euphoria I experienced leading up to Kaguya's departure wasn't underscored by the romantic dread that this feeling is only fleeting, allowing you to truly forget entirely about real-life eventuality and become absolutely lost in the primal happiness found in the recesses of childhood memories, only to find out moments later that this feeling will not last, just like youth itself. Do not squander your time. Find love and cling to it, in it's many forms and accompanying heartaches, for if you do not, your life will pass you by and you will not be able to remember what it truly means to be human, the greatest tragedy of all, which truly makes The Tale of the Princess Kaguya a must-see, once in a lifetime, impossible accomplishment. Expand
  3. May 7, 2015
    10
    I'm not a fan of japanese animation, and i always found these type of movies very strange for me to view.

    But i see "Spiried Away" and
    I'm not a fan of japanese animation, and i always found these type of movies very strange for me to view.

    But i see "Spiried Away" and "princess Mononoke" about a month ago, and really the ghibi studio caught my attention. those movies were great, but still a little difficult to watch for someone who is nor familiar with the japanese culture and their movie culture.

    But this is a really masterpiece. The animation itself is one of the best and with the amazing soundtrack, there are some parts of the film that are really beautiful and epic.

    And the storyline is much easier too understand and see than Mononoke and Spirited Away.
    The end of the movie was very schoking for me, and the whole situation, i can feel the pain of the princess.

    Maybe this is an exaggeration, but we still seeing some type of conducts that are represent in the movie. And the meaning for me of the movie, was very touching.

    This is a movie that you need to see alone, or with more people but with no distraction, because all the movie it's very amazing. the music it's simply perfect.
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  4. rpm
    Mar 16, 2015
    9
    I read somewhere that of the Academy Award nominated Animated Feature Films, Big Hero 6 (the winner) garnered something like 85% of the vote,I read somewhere that of the Academy Award nominated Animated Feature Films, Big Hero 6 (the winner) garnered something like 85% of the vote, followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 with 15% of the vote, followed by all the others including Tale of Princess Kaguya getting 0 votes. I'm not sure if this is in fact true, but if so it is a travesty. Tale of Princess Kaguya was one of the best animated films I've ever seen, and Big Hero 6, while slickly animated, is ridiculously predictable and uninteresting (and this coming from someone who loves origin stories).

    The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a very simple, heartfelt tale based on The Bamboo Cutter, a Japanese folktale from long ago. The standout element visually is the hand drawn watercolor style of animation. My favorite moments in this film are when the animation style changes to mirror the main character's emotional states. These moments are simply amazing and to me represent some of the best animation I have ever seen.

    I think The Tale of Princess Kaguya is for everyone to enjoy no matter what your age, gender, or cultural background is.
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  5. Mar 24, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The tale of the Princess Kaguya brings in the Japanese tale about princess kaguya and her journey to find the meaning of happiness.

    Since this is Ghibli studio movie , it's for sure still amazing looking movie but even more stunning with it's Japanese painting style , and even that the movement of characters in the movie is still really good and some scene which character moving really fast it's just so amazing and so beautiful to watch.

    With that and Isao Takahata great storytelling just make this movie a really top list of animation movies.

    One thing that really make a lot of people angry is the ending of this movie which is not a surprise consider Isao Takahata famous movie like Grave of the Fireflies but honestly i personally really like the ending because it's just fit to the theme of this movie so much.

    and that theme is talking about finding the "happiness" but in the reality world it's not that easy and sometimes you just can't change everything especially the terrible fate that waiting for you and that what's The tale of the princess kaguya talks about.

    In the end this movie is truly the best animation movie of 2014 without any doubt in my mind , and maybe even the best movie of studio Ghibli.
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  6. Mar 24, 2015
    9
    Overall, my thoughts are that this film is excellent. It’s genuinely a brilliant animated film that keeps up Studio Ghibli’s reputation andOverall, my thoughts are that this film is excellent. It’s genuinely a brilliant animated film that keeps up Studio Ghibli’s reputation and if this is to be Isao Takahata’s final film, he is going out on a brilliant film, and this is by far his best work to date. My only major complaint with the film is that a few of the darker moments feel the film should have warranted a PG rating rather than the U rating that it did get and I think a few parents might be a bit shocked by some of the things that are allowed in Japanese kids films. I was aware that there were plans to censor certain scenes of this film, but I am happy to say that the film is completely uncut in its British release and it’s all the better for it. The film gives us excellent characters, a brilliant but hard hitting storyline that offers us no easy answers and I really think that everyone will be emotionally affected by the end. It’s a brilliant, but sombre piece. I’m not sure that it will appeal to as large an audience as past Ghibli films have, mainly on its distinct Japanese sensibility and culture. However, for me personally it was damm near brilliant. Particular praise goes to Chloe Grace Moretz for her excellent performance as well as the rest of the brilliant ensemble cast and the amazing animation and film score. I am firmly in the belief that as much as I liked Big Hero 6 this film should have won the Oscar. Expand
  7. Apr 1, 2015
    3
    For this to score higher than any other Ghibli movies is rather stunning. This tale is at its core not so interesting as the main characterFor this to score higher than any other Ghibli movies is rather stunning. This tale is at its core not so interesting as the main character Kaguya spends most of her short life on Earth in complete ignorance to the life around her and completely raptured by what is superficially being waved in her face, even though its to her dislike. She is powerless to be more than an annoyance to the men wanting her hand and in the end when its too late she suddenly finds the ability to lets just say do things humans normally cannot do in order to spend the 1 minute in the film that is suppose to bring us to the ultimate conclusion...whatever that was. Try any other Ghibli movie and you will be more than satisfied relative to this clunker. Expand

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