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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Darla - AV February 20, 2015

Isao Takahata directed the Tale of The Princess Kaguya, a Studio Ghibli film of the famous character, the beautiful and mysterious Kaguya; the film is based on the folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.  Princess Kaguya is voiced by Aki Asakura and Chloe Grace Moretz.  This anime folktale relates the lives of a rural, elderly couple who strive to raise their adopted daughter, Kaguya to be a refined princess, in order to marry her off to a wealthy suitor.  A morality theme runs through the story, when choices made by Kaguya affect many people in her life, for better or for worse.  The dreamy animation is splashed with water colors from the Edo period, and the flying action sequences are mesmerizing.  The entire family will enjoy this enchanting tale, but be aware there is brief nudity in the film (a nursing child and nude toddler.)  Overall Rating:  A

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