Kaguyahime no monogatari
Director: Isao Takahata
Writer: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi
Based on: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kôra, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Review by cornholio.]
One day a bamboo cutter (Takeo Chii) finds a little girl inside one of the bamboos. He takes her home to his wife (Nobuko Miyamoto) where the little girl – Kaguya (Aki Asakura) – turns into a fast growing baby that they bring up with lots of love. The old man is convinced that Kaguya is a princess and should be brought up as one, while Kaguya enjoys running around with the local kids. When the old man finds gold in one of the bamboos, he decides to go to the city and build a new home for Kaguya, one that reflects her rank.
For almost two hours, The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a sweet fairy tale which is then followed by 15 minutes of utter sadness that I did not foresee at all.