Tale of The Princess Kaguya Blu-ray/DVD

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About Tale of The Princess Kaguya Blu-ray/DVD

This set contains the film "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" and the feature-length making-of documentary, "Isao Takahata and His Tale of The Princess Kaguya." (Documentary is in Japanese only.)

While working in the fields, a bamboo cutter named Okina comes across a glowing bamboo shoot. When he cuts it open, he discovers a tiny girl named Kaguya inside. He takes the girl home, where he and his wife, Ona, raise her. Kaguya grows into a beautiful woman, and when Okina finds gold near the glowing bamboo shoot, he is convinced Kaguya is of royal lineage. But Kaguya is more than mere royalty. The secrets of her past are about to be revealed. When they are, Kaguya's life, and the lives of her adoptive parents, will change forever.

Special Features: Announcement of the Completion of the Film, Japanese Trailers and TV Spots.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, French, English subtitles, French subtitles.

Details

  • Publisher: GKIDS
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Documentary, Drama
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 137
  • Release Date: 2/17/2015
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.55
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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As usual, watch in Japanese or don't watch at all.

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First of all, you HAVE to watch this in Japanese and Japanese only. ALL Ghibli must be only watched in Japanese. Like all the other dubbed versions done by Disney and GKids, this one is absolutely, universally horrible! Tone-deaf acting by talentless and painfully miscast celebrities, even worse singing, butchery of translations, poor delivery, poor writing... that's all these dubs, KAGUYA included, are. It is truly sad that Ghibli's films had to be butchered like this. If only Streamline could have completed the Ghibli library dubs -- their dubs are universally considered to be superior to ALL these terrible replacements. What a shame, too, because KAGUYA is such a lovely film. Tragic that it had to be ruined with such an abysmal dub. Seriously, DON'T watch it dubbed.

Beautiful and heartbreaking. Stylish, as well.

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THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA was the last film to be directed by Isao Takahata. He died five years after its completion. Based on an old Japanese folktale, this tearjerker about a girl who is forced to leave her countryside home and become a princess is rendered in a gorgeous watercolor aesthetic. The whole movie is very much like watching a painting come to life. KAGUYA unfolds at a rather slow pace, but Takahata manages to hold one's interest over the course of all two hours. The ending in particular could very well be Takahata's equivalent of saying farewell to the world.

Also, I feel that those who insist on watching Ghibli subbed and not watching dubbed are seriously missing out. Each dub has had some great performances, and this is no exception. It's a lovely film either way.

Gorgeous film, not at all ruined by dubbing.

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Based on an old folktale, Isao Takahata's last film is a true tearjerker and it's a gorgeous work of art as well. Literally every drawing and scenery is a feast for the eyes. It's heartbreaking as well; that last scene had tears out of my eyes. That it's underscored by Miyazaki's own Joe Hisaishi is even better.

I will be the first to admit that the film arguably plays better in Japanese since this is a story steeped in a lot of cultural nuances. However, that does not make the English dub inferior, or bad by any means. Unlike certain "true fans", I have not found any of these Ghibli dubs to be bad in any way imaginable, and I personally believe that the films play well no matter how you choose to view them in.

My suggestion: Ignore the complaints of such purists and choose whatever track floats your boat. Nothing to be upset about. KAGUYA is a lovely film either way.