Studio Ghibli - Kaguya-hime no Monogatari - Director Isao Takahata's first film in 14 years


The movie, "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" (The Story of Princess Kaguya), directed by Isao Takahata, will debut on November 23, 2013.

Did you know that on the same day that Studio Ghibli's movie "Kaze Tachinu" (The Wind Rises) was released, "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" was due to be out? But there was a delay in making it and its debut was postponed. But that day is finally coming soon.

Director Isao Takahata is famous as the director of Hotaru no Hakari (Grave of the Fireflies), Omohide Poro Poro (Only Yesterday), Pom Poko and others.

"Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" (The Story of Princess Kaguya) was made based on the existing folktale "Taketori Monogatari" (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which every Japanese knows and was called the earliest Japanese folktale. Everyone in Japan knows how the story goes:

The princess Kaguya was born in a bamboo tree and picked up and raised by an elderly couple. She grew up into a beautiful woman but refused proposals from every potential guy. She always looked sad, and was always looking up at the moon. Then one day, emissaries from the moon came and she strolled off to the moon with them for good.

This new Ghibli version will tell you that she was upset because she knew that she would have to go back to the moon, why she was sent to earth originally, what feelings she might be experiencing while living here, why she had to go back to the moon, what her "crime" was that was stated in the original book, etc.

The drawing style and colors in the film look so Japanese and uniquely beautiful. You will enjoy a different type of Studio Ghibli movie compared with Hayao Miyazaki pieces.



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