Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli and is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It is Takahata’s fifth film for Studio Ghibli, and his first since 1999’s My Neighbors the Yamadas. It was released on 23 November 2013. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards.

The tale is simple, but the execution flawless. Beautifully drawn backgrounds with dynamic character movements. The English dubbing is excellent and clear. There is a bit of a deus ex-machina at the end, but it doesn’t seem to matter.