The "happy" music made me sick to my stomach. Should've expected that heartbreaking ending after the emotional steamroller that Grave of the Fireflies was. Again, interesting that such feminist themes pop up in such a strongly patriarchal culture. Despite having characters that might not be as rich as a conventional narrative, the film makes up for this with its incredible attention to detail making everything the characters do seem as human as possible (Takahata does this in all of his animated films). One day in the forest, he finds a tiny baby in the folds of a bamboo shoot. I'm late for this thread but I just saw Kaguya and feel like writing some stuff out. My favorite ghibli movie will always be the wind rises though. I hoped and hoped and hoped, but then it ended. Yeah, I thought it was brilliant, beautiful, complex and arguably the best film Ghibli's made. Kaguya grows at an unnatural rate, soon maturing into an uncommonly beautiful young woman. I think she thought she had to go through Winter and believed that Spring will come someday to become happy. Share to Tumblr. He brings the creature home to his wife Ounaa and they decide to keep her and raise her as a princess. After that point, she goes back to her palace and accepts the princess life laid before her, until, via the incidents with the suitors, she can't take it anymore, irrevocably asks to be taken away from this world, and then it's just a matter of making peace with her regrets and saying goodbye. I don't believe the great American myth. The movie does at points seem directionless, but so is life, especially to a person like Kaguya who allows those around her to guide her actions. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Discovered inside a glowing bamboo stalk by a local bamboo cutter, a miraculous baby, named ‘Princess’ by the cutter, grows at an extraordinary rate, often before people’s eyes. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2014 animated film produced by Studio Ghibli. Copy embed to clipboard. I really enjoyed the film, and right the change of art styles was refreshing. I loved her encounter with Sutemaru after 10 years had passed. CAPTION. The real reason I want to discuss the film however is that my friend and I have very different opinions. AKA, death. In a really sick, fucked up way, a lot of parents force this idea of happiness on their children only because it makes them happy in some way. They definitely could have used a little more foreshadowing on her origins there. Right, it is a very American interpretation. First visually with the moon and that strange cart wheel transition (there's probably more) and second with the story. What I reacted to is Kaguya always seemed to be enjoying life, being around nature or uninhibited people, but then someone (usually her dad or the manners woman) would clamp down on the things she enjoyed because it wasn't "right" for her. The Moon was watching her all along. Everyone must grow up and live within the restrictions of their society. Share to Reddit. My friend and I agree on this interpretation of the film's theme. While I could not watch this in theaters, I was very happy to be able to watch it online. Bless Takahata for making beauty with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The ending is uncompromising yet it doesn't feel lacking. It was produced by Studio Ghibli for Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Hakuhodo DYMP, Walt … I was really confused about that. Several days later I'm still floored. But in the way I know it has made me grown as an individual. The best example is his additional focus on the relationships in his adaptation of "Anne of Green Gables". As a feminist, Kaguya's struggle against her own objectification deeply resounded with me. She doesn't even know how to live by herself. In essence, the parents are ALWAYS right, even when they're wrong. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is based on the old Japanese folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter”, following a bamboo-cutter that discovers a young child growing in a stalk. Which, in a conventional film I think he is very right. The ending had some very Buddhist stuff going on, and, yeah, was definitely about death. Despite the myth providing a simple framework with themes and a story, Takahata has a knack for adding a wonderful amount of complexity to stories he adapts. My friend thought this myth didn't translate very well to film. Also, I don't take much time to give proper exposition to most of what is written - so this will all only make sense if you have seen the film. A frog is still a frog. Unfortunately life can end, as it did for her, in the meantime. With Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden. MyAnimeList (rated 8.43) First Aired: Nov 23, 2013. Share. The movie was fantastic. I was not at all disappointed and am so glad to own it. Even the most honest of the five, who actually went after the eggs, failed owing to the fact that his notion of what love is wasn't true. Its humanitarian drama is a sombre one. Sutemaru … What is wonderful about this story is it's about someone who doesn't run away - making it all the more potent. She gets the suitors off her back in exceptionally creative ways, and it makes Kaguya's character entertaining and witty. Jan 23, 2016 - Explore Asuna's board "Princess Kaguya", followed by 1993 people on Pinterest. There's also the possibility that the events will repeat itself until society is fit to accept Kaguya on earth. The stakes he believes should have been raised well before the suitor section of the film, because without being clued in to Kaguya's now finite stay on earth there is very little purpose in what is happening in the film. I am pretty sure The Tale of Princess Kaguya is my favorite Ghibli movie at this point. For the first time in my life, I felt true tragedy from a work of art. You may be sad, but you KNOW immediately after watching it you have taken something from the film. All in all, I thought it was a grand meditation on life. I thought it was a deeply moving film … Takahata presents us with a deeply sad story of … Kaguya reacts this way, taking her life for granted until this very moment. But even then I too was fighting tears at the end. Movie Nr. On a kind of side note. If you haven't seen it yet and plan to do so close this tab immediately. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for … This film tore me apart. Seeing the results of that, whether you value harmony or freedom, you can't help but deny you need to enjoy your life as much as possible in whatever way you can. You have to enjoy life while you can. I knew going in after watching a few trailers that it was going to be an emotional experience, and it was. But considering the theme of Kaguya, the fleeting nature of life, I LOVE that the stakes and theme come in so close to the end. I am curious if anyone else here has seen the film, and what they thought about it. What a beautiful meditation on the fleetingness of life, the importance of treasuring each moment and making the most of our time here. I am convinced it is one of Studio Ghibli's best films ever produced, and it is one of my favorite films in general. He believes much of the second act in Princess Kaguya is directionless and without a clear theme guiding it. At first this reminds me of one of mushishi's episode. Was she dying and given another chance at life again? So he made sure she would live a princess' life. 21 - The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. This one is a strange beast for me because the story didn't do it for me, nor did most of the characters. A good character isn't always someone who makes the right choices. Did you watch it last night at the Philadelphia Film Festival? I just can't stop watching this man's movies. I think the most effective thing about this film was the ending, Takahata went through with having her forget her life and has her taken away. Okina is a bamboo cutter in ancient rural Japan. Amazing work of art. of. To date, it remains at the top of my list of favorite animated films from the Japanese film studio. It was very clear from the lyrics that her stay wasn't permanent, she always was supposed to go back. The movie is about how regrettable it is to live your life this way because at any time you could get notified that you are going to have to return to the moon and forget all of your experiences on your stay on earth. Amaterasu met up with Kaguya outside the Palace and was to… I think the film is a successful film based on what its intentions are (or seem to be). So anyway she wandered around and fell to the ground. The entire movie was such an incredible emotional rollercoaster. I loved the art style. I think that's what love is actually like for a lot of us here on earth: the things that ought to have and which we wanted to work sometimes don't. On that note, I enjoyed the complexity of her fond memories of Sutermaru being marred by seeing him stealing and getting the shit beat out of him, then meeting him again once he has a wife and child. I think that's a very American way of looking at it. My hands were tensed the entire second half of the movie, as I waited for the twist, for the american happy ending. Yeah, I just don't know that the theme is about being less passive and not letting others define you. Because the Moon sent her to Earth for a punishment for a sin Kaguya made. This is going to be a animation standard for how showing less in a scene can be just as if not more impactful. And that, is the most powerful thing a movie can do. Kaguya was found in prison and doesn't know what she did wrong. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Japanese: かぐや姫の物語, Hepburn: Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) is a 2013 Japanese anime historical fantasy film co-written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a 10th-century Japanese literary tale. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts,, Kaguya first heard the song on the moon, by the end of the film she will be the one singing it, so another girl will hear it sparking the desire to visit earth. Regardless how drunk the average American is on the idea we can transform ourselves from paupers to princes, I think the reality of life most of the time for most people is this, that you're in a situation that's tough and which isn't easily changeable, so you /gaman/, you put up with it for a bit. In any case, there was no possible way for her to be completely happy. Movie Nr. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. While different films, the closure on Kaguya (and the buildup) were perfect. I definitely agree that this was an amazing film, and one of my favorite Ghibli pieces to boot. It might not seem a conventional vision but don’t doubt that’s what it is. Also, regarding her relationship with her parents, I was in tears at the end when she tried to run away from having the crown or cape put on her and reached out to her parents one more time. The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya かぐや姫 ジブリ 走る 江戸時代 GIF SD GIF HD GIF MP4. In her own way, she tried her best to live and be happy wherever she was. I couldn't stop the tears for a good fifteen minutes. There's just an undeniable regret Kaguya has after she knows she has to go back. A scene from The Tale of The Princess Kaguya drops out the background Image: Studio Ghibli Empty space is a rarity in animation in general as much as it … Isao Takahata is among my favorite filmmakers, not just of animated features but of film in general. The story itself was sad, just like this bitter reality we face. I understand exactly how you feel. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. She is a princess. From that standpoint, the ending climax wasn't sudden at all. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguyahime no monogatari), 2013. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a beautifully drawn, tender, heartfelt film. The feels were quite real, mostly because of how joyous the beginning of the film is and then seeing how "real" it plays out. See more ideas about princess kaguya, studio ghibli, ghibli. Starring Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, and Nobuko Miyamoto. While Kaguya did recognize and regret the shallowness of her life as a princess, I found it interesting that she knows what she should have done but had no way of doing so. At times the film’s images seem to emerge coevally with the story, as if a youthful savant was sketching the tale as it unfolded in his mind. Amaterasu first met Kaguya in the Imperial Palace. The juxtaposition of the bright and happy music and the overwhelming sadness and loss at the end made the feels all the more poignant. Shame on me for almost missing the last subbed theatrical release in my city. You are almost forced to see the beauty in everyday activities because they are animated. Then the celestial beings on Moon brought her back to the mansion to have her experiences sufferings. We purchased the Blu-Ray solely based on how beautiful it looked in the trailer (and of course, because it was Ghibli). I saw this today. Therefore, it was interesting for me to see how the father's enforcement of "happiness" on Kaguya was killing her. Reddit LinkedIn WhatsApp Email Print Talk ... and score by Joe Hisaishi), there’s definite Oscar momentum for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (released by Gkids). Watched it this weekend and I was surprised how deep the movie could be interpreted for any age group. The Tale of Princess Kaguya được đạo diễn Isao Takahata và hãng Studio Ghibli lừng danh sản xuất. One day in the forest, he finds a tiny baby in the folds of a bamboo shoot. Isao Takahata the tale of princess kaguya kaguya-hime no monogatari かぐや姫の物語 isao takahata japanese anime japanimation fairy tail fantasy little bamboo princess studio ghibli ghibli the tale of the bamboo cutter Studio Ghibli's final film (for the foreseeable future) is a retelling of a Japanese folktale with the intimacy of a bedtime story and the breadth of an epic. Despite a very unusual art style, the animation is good enough that makes that paintbrush drawing looks normal in your eye through out the movie. And we also both agree there are large portions of the film that, while exceptional, distract from the message of the film and draw out the story. While many Americans don't seem to understand why she didn't just run away or rebel, I think this is something that relies heavily on cultural norms and a good comprehension on how Kaguya can't bring herself to hurt her parents for their ignorance of how she really feels because she loves them and knows they love her too. The Taleof Princess Kaguya. Aside from bringing in pieces from the original myth, I agree that this also adds to Kaguya's character and also offered some comic relief. By creating a replica of her hometown and living humbly with her mother even in a great mansion, she was able to find some peace. Its humanitarian drama is a sombre one. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Absolutely my favorite film of last year. I saw The Tale of Princess Kaguya, their most recent film, last Friday. I mean, I got the sense she wanted to be happy and live another way but didn't know how, and thus continued with her princess life and filial duties in the meantime. I saw the subtitled version, which I've been told I was better off for. They aren't here in Germany. I suppose it's less "live your dream", and more about enjoying yourself and not taking life for granted. Netflix will host 21 Ghibli films, including the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. My brother's ex-girlfriend once accidentally referred to my mother by her first name, and to this day my mother still hasn't forgiven her. Share to iMessage. Thanks for the reply. As such, a life of a princess comes with utter objectification of a woman, made more poignant with the suitors. But due to the intentions of adapting a myth I feel one must give Takahata a pass on allowing to just give you a part of the myth that despite not coinciding with his theme, is indeed a part of the original source material. My fiance and I sat on the couch and cried through the entire credits roll. As mentioned before her return was foreshadowed by the large moon when she runs away, as well as from her song she kept singing throughout the film. In Asian culture, the mother and father are deeply honored and respected. Find out where to watch online. As for the introduction of stakes and making the theme apparent 20 minutes prior to end of the film. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Which is actually what I think is the story my friend wanted to see and why his opinion of the film was much lower than mine. Not to mention some of the most subtle, yet sharp, humor is in this segment of the film. How inhumane is that apathy. I saw The Tale of Princess Kaguya, their most recent film, last Friday. A common example of this is the parent pushing the kids to give up their friends and fun to study hard because they think the kid will be happier if they go to Harvard (and subsequently, the parent has ensured his/her/their own bragging rights and future caretaker). Princess Kaguya, from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1888) tsukioka yoshitoshi art ukiyo-e woodblock prints fine art 19th century art 19th century meiji period woodblock print japanese artist japanese art japanese folklore japanese legends japanese japan princess moon meiji era vintage art vintage In the face of this you must live your life to the fullest and not let others guide your life in a direction you don't want it to go. It is a retelling of a classic Japanese fable, "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", and the entire movie has a very mythic quality too it. And she is like 12-14 years old since the party was about her becoming a woman, so she is just a little girl and it would be tough to run away from parents to live alone. Synopsis. The characters and situations are archetypal due to the economy of storytelling in myths. However, life and circumstances continually stacked up against her; her hometown was gone when she tried to return, Sutemaru moved on in life without her, when she finally frees herself of suitors the emperor comes, even if she eloped with Sutemaru she would have to return to the moon, etc. Full of life, she makes many friends in the poor countryside surroundings, but her adoptive father wants nothing but the best for her and with riches given … Despite all the flaws that this young girl has witnessed in how people act, she’s willing to forgive. Takahata made a big impact with his last movie. A consensus my friend and I came to was that, while this section is entertaining, it is overly long and doesn't seem to add much to the story in terms of themes and development of the main character. Especially to a person who doesn't apply meaning to her own life and is passive, someone who lets others define her. There is a section of the film where Princess Kaguya has to deceive and thwart the efforts of suitors that her father tries to force on her for marriage. Also, I found the artstyle and animation of Kaguya better than in TWR. I can't remember the last time a movie affected me so deeply and I have been thinking about it for days afterward. As I live in Germany I unfortunetly can't tell you if these movies are leagally able to be streamed in the US. The dub cast was also nice. The moment that had me on the verge of tears was when Kaguya started arguing that there is beauty in this world and there are many things worth staying for, and then suddenly, all is gone. All joyful memories of her childhood, her parents, and Sutemaru, gone. As much as I really hate feeling this way, not being able to function or think clearly for a few days, I really loved this movie. All and all I really liked it. On the other side of the coin, her little chubby assistant was hillarious. In this way, it's a feminist statement, because Kaguya deserves something better than any of those guys, and it's so unfair to her but no one else can see it because they all have their preconceptions about how life should be for a beautiful, talented woman. It is illustrated with the utmost care – with creative, balanced … 21 - The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. She is raised like a princess and presented to suitors, despite her desires to … I am curious if anyone else here has seen the film, and what they thought about it. Please visit and use the coupon code: CHRIS1014 for 20% off! However, I think this movie also relied heavily on the audience to already have an understanding of the myth because of how completely random and sudden the introduction of the moon seemed. As a parent of a spirited young child myself, it really does seem as though they are growing rapidly right before your eyes and they are constantly amazing you with what they can do and how they see the world. The beginning, with this curious, vibrant child growing up and exploring her environment with such gusto really touched me deeply. I wanted the happy ending but that music was so dark and defeating in the context of that scene. Introducing what the film is really about 20 minutes prior to it ending he thinks is ineffective storytelling. The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Kaguya-hime no monogatari, かぐや姫の物語 (2013) dir. Out of love for the source material I think there was an obligation to include it. Why the suitors bit? I enjoyed your take immensely, I almost forgot to consider the Japanese perspective. Definitely my favorite Ghibli score, even above Spirited Away. It went entirely against everything I was feeling at that moment. Tale. Kaguya desired for life on earth and the punishment was to live on earth and experience sufferings that come along with the life. Was she not allowed to die and forced to live a life in the capital? When the one suitor broke his neck falling into the pot, how casually that was played off was hilarious. I think she remembered the sorrow when she was on the moon, which we've given a flashback later of (presumably) her house with a moon's goddess watching Earth. I don't know much about Buddhism but reincarnation is a huge thing. Anywho, thanks for your review, I enjoyed reading it. Copy link to clipboard. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a spectacular film that will speak to viewers on different levels. This thread will be filled with spoilers about the movie. It's also sort of the next logical step: move to the city, learn the manners of a princess, get bartered off to some gentleman. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is out in cinemas now, and you can read our 5 star review here. Imo that's a pretty huge metaphor for the relationship I think a lot of us have with the past. Okina is a bamboo cutter in ancient rural Japan. What's wonderful is his endings are always heartbreakingly realistic. Most women, at some point, have had to repel unwanted advances from egotistical bastards like the emperor, who just can't take no for an answer and seem to think that a woman's entire life was built up just to be with him. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya . The movie is based literary tale from the late 1500s. Film Picks: Guns Akimbo, Sorry We Missed You, and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya In Guns Akimbo, Miles plays a nerdy games designer who is bullied by everyone he knows. Directed and written by: Isao Takahata. It really was the last thing I wanted to hear. Jesus, I could go on about this film. On a normal movie I wouldn't always say this is effective. I thought the movie was going to be really uplifting, especially when Kaguya defended the beauty of the world. That blank stare and the tear rolling down her cheek without having an idea why she was so sad was crushing. They aren't sad for the sake of being different, all of his films come to a close that's gratifying in a storytelling sense while also having a clear and perfectly executed theme. Noticed the setting was cold, flurry, and sorrow -- that made her, rebelled and flown down to Earth. When the cloud people started playing their "happy" music again, I felt even more hollow and devoid of feeling.
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