The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
aka Kaguyahime no monogatari
First screened in December 2014
Director: Isao Takahata. Animated. Voice Cast: Aki Asakura, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kengo Kôra, Atsuko Takahata, Yukiji Asaoka, Hikaru Ijûin, Isao Hashizume, Takaya Kamikawa, Shinosuke Tatekawa, Ryûdô Uzaki, Shichinosuke Nakamura. Screenplay: Isao Takahata and Riko Sakaguchi (based on the classic narrative The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter).

Twitter Capsule: Let Isao finish, even as this runs long; it beautifully caps one of the great careers of all time.

VOR:   As lyrical, painstaking, and undisguised a swansong for a major animator as The Wind Rises. Equally plaintive, somewhat more familiar, but much clearer tale of leaving the earth than Interstellar.

Photo © 2013 Studio Ghibli, © 2014 GKIDS

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Animated Feature

Other Awards:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Animated Feature
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Animated Feature

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