The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

DailyView: Day 241, Movie 332

I woke up this Christmas morning to the Internet service I subscribe to out completely. That put the DailyView into uncertainty. I had intended to watch the El Camino Christmas on Netflix (which will come later this afternoon), but that is yet to come. Because of the lack of streaming, I pulled out my Studio Ghibli DVD and looked for one of the remaining films I needed to see.

I picked The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

What a sad and joyous experience that was. It was a long film, one of the longest animated movies that I have seen, and it was a gorgeously animated film, with images of amazing artistic skills and glorious hand-drawn art.

I watched the English dubbed version of the film, so I heard some voices that I recognized such as Mary Steenburgen, Chloë Grace Moretz and James Caan.

The Bamboo Cutter (James Caan) was cutting down bamboo when he found a tiny princess. He took her home and gave it to his wife (Mary Steenburgen). The princess turned into a baby and started to grow quicker than normal. As she ages, she meets local kids and becomes close with them. Eventually, her father finds gold in the bamboo and he decided that he needed to take her to the capitol so she could become a proper princess in the upper class of Japanese society. Being dubbed Princess Kaguya in a naming ceremony, Kaguya started to rebel against the expectations of being a princess.

The story is an adaptation of one of the oldest Japanese folklore tales. The story is beautiful and the characterization is wonderful. It shows the way that women are treated in Japanese society, as well as in many other areas of the world as well.

It was too long. However, it is such a beautiful piece of art and a lovely and very sad film. It is a commitment to watch, but it is worth the time.

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