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1,697 Ratings

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

かぐや姫の物語 | Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

Directed by Isao Takahata
Japan, 2013


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.

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Directed by Isao Takahata

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Animated Feature Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Animation

[It’s] a typically lovely outing from Ghibli, but it’s far from typical in other senses: the whispery lyricism of its folkloric storytelling, as soft and spry as its pastel-sketch animation style, is miles removed from the dense felt-tip fantasy of Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away, though no less vivid.
July 12, 2015
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The animation is drawn in with colored pencil and watercolor, a vibrantly beautiful aesthetic. The lines are loose and flowing, and the delicate, minimalist aesthetic seemingly leaves landscapes half formed, as if developing along with Kaguya.
December 09, 2014
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THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA undoubtedly speaks for itself, its beauty so ethereal that it’s almost as otherworldly as its title character, but its delicate line drawings and impressionistic backgrounds are brought to life even more when informed by the tacit dedication that went into every stroke.
December 05, 2014
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