Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on the Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. This film adaptation is brought to the big screen by Japanese powerhouse Studio Ghibli. The art style is quite different from other Ghibli films, but really enhances the narrative. From the beginning, it feels like the viewer is stepping into the pages of the story and is completely enveloped by the tale. The animation is outstanding and absolutely beautiful to behold. The pace is much slower, but it allows the viewer to take everything thing and appreciate minute elements of the animation and story. The soundtrack adds to the story and includes haunting melodies that evoke strong emotion. This film is in the original Japanese with English subtitles as well as a star studded English dub. This title is for all ages, but the younger audiences may not enjoy it as the pace can be slow. Teens and especially adults can enjoy this Academy Award nominated film. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a feast for the eyes and ears and even the soul.
You can find The Tale of Princess Kaguya on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed The Tale of Princess Kaguya, you may want to try Princess Mononoke or My Neighbor Totoro.
Review by Michelle L. Chrzanowski, TCC Norfolk Campus Library