The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

DVD - 2015
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Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD J Tale
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (2 hr., 17 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Tale of the bamboo cutter.


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Based on an ancient Japanese legend, The Tale of Princess Kaguya is beautiful and though-provoking. It lacks the typical stylized animation typical of most Japanese and anime, but still conveys deep emotion.

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LoganLib_Kirra Nov 19, 2018

Tale of Princess Kaguya is one of my favourite Studio Ghibli movies with a lovely retelling of a folk-tale, gentle illustrations and a serene musical soundtrack.

multcolib_susannel Aug 06, 2018

One day a poor bamboo cutter finds a tiny princess in the middle of a shining stalk of cut bamboo.

JCLJoshN Jul 05, 2018

A Studio Ghibli movie that isn't directed by Hayao Miyazaki and doesn't look like one of his movies, but still has that slow, slice of life pacing along with myth, magic, and wonder. The art is like an old painting come to life and it's gorgeous. The story is a mix of delight, slow-building sadness, and utter heartbreak. But all in all, a sweet, mysterious, moving experience.

Jun 26, 2018

Directed by the late Isao Takahata, The Tale of Princess Kaguya is considered a hidden gem among the countless number of successful films produced by Studio Ghibli. Based off of a traditional Japanese folktale, the film follows a forest spirit sent to live with the impurities of Earth and how her attempt to adapt leads to nothing but misery. That is, until she realizes the existence of true love and how it brightens every aspect of her dreary life. The film utilizes a watercolour art style which enhances the viewer’s experience by not relying on modern special effects but rather a traditional setting, much in line with the theme of the plot. The Tale of Princess Kaguya has been featured in copious amounts of film festivals including but not limited to Cannes, Toronto, and San Sebastián and is a must-see especially if you are a fan of Studio Ghibli. Rest in peace Isao Takahata, your brilliance will be forever treasured.
- @LordoftheBooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

A Japanese classic, told by a modern staple of Japanese animation. It's well directed and animated.

Dec 07, 2017

Meh. Beautiful in many ways, just not my thing. I don't think this is for children, the story is so wandering and has some heavy themes and unsatisfactory ending. Yet it seems too simplistic and Disney-ish for adults.

Nov 08, 2017

Fine music score from Joe Hisaishi.

Oct 26, 2017

I have to say I find the story line a little fragmented. However, this is more than made up by the animation, mostly done by hands, which at times offer stunningly beautiful imagery. Augmented by a great score, this 2-hour-plus film from the Ghibli Studio offers a great viewing experience.

Feb 18, 2017

Unspeakably beautiful film full of spiritual wisdom, embracing the totality of the human experience. This film excels on multiple levels and communicates to all people at every stage of life. I highly recommend it.

Dec 01, 2016


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Dec 15, 2016

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Feb 04, 2016

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Oct 17, 2015

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Dec 15, 2016

Sexual Content: A prince who comes to seek Kaguya for her beauty is kind of a creeper. A married man lies and seeks Kaguya's love, but is found out when his wife confronts him. Another married man asks to run away with her, forsaking his wife and child.

Nov 25, 2016

Other: In the official PG rating, it mentions the movie contains "partial nudity". This includes when women breastfeed and baby/toddler-age boys and girls run around without clothes that cover all of their private areas. It's not in detail, but it's clear to see.


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