Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013)
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Finally! It has been almost two years since I've seen an anime movie that moved me. A Ghibli production, I should've known. While The Wind Rises did almost nothing for me, Isao Takahata's swan song maybe even trumped his debut (Grave of the Fireflies). It's almost impossible not to compare Hayao Miyazaki's final film to the one of Takahata. Both are founding fathers of Studio Ghibli and both announced their retirement in the same year. But unlike Takahata, Miyazaki's last work was a bit too much history and a bit too little fantasy. Something I really adore in Ghibli productions. Over all I like Miyazaki better than Takahata exactly because of the fantasy aspect in their works. Now the rolls are reversed: Miyazaki showed us his take on the interbellum in Japan through the eyes of Jiro Horikoshi, while Takahata brought us a captivating vision of one of the oldest Japanese folktales: "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" from the 10th century. His drawing is primitive and almost the antipode of Miyazaki's more refined style. Because of that I suppose some people will find this too childish or even amateuristic. I see it as an authentic and functional (an old tale requires not too sophisticated drawings) asset to this movie. For me it probably wouldn't have worked any other way. Last year I was a bit disappointed by the lack of truely majestic anime (referring to Wolf Children and A Letter to Momo) and after seeing The Wind Rises I gave up hope for this year too. Now that I've seen The Tale of Princess Kaguya, I again look forward to some new anime productions; Hiromasa Yonebayashi's When Marnie Was There in particular!
Very good movie. The animation is mesmerizing when the main character takes off running with a whirlwind of mixed colors. really amazing. Nice style of animation.
One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. If you're not too fond of the ethereal fairy tale story (with light fantasy elements), you have to see it for the mesmerizing animations, really. It's touching, artistic and with so much love for composition and nature.
I have screen-capped some of my favorite moments and uploaded them in a Imgur album. Enjoy and share!
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This movie ranks #38 in IMDb's Animation Top 50
This movie ranks #42 in IMDb's Family Top 50
This movie ranks #50 in IMDb's Fantasy Top 50
This movie ranks #68 in Paste's The 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #671 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films