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Tale of The Princess Kaguya DVD

4 star rating out of 5
2 Reviews
SKU: 025192281310

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About Tale of The Princess Kaguya DVD

This edition contains both 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.


  • Publisher: GKIDS
  • Media: DVD
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  • Themes: Historical
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 137
  • Release Date: 2/17/2015
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: 1

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Ratings & Reviews

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5 star rating out of 5

A must see Ghibli Film


The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a must see and shouldn't be brushed away because of it's visuals and being as it's not a Miyazaki film. It's one of Takahata's best and is right up there with Grave of the Fireflies. The visuals on this film are one of the best I've seen in years. Considering all the time and effort that went into it is amazing. Just like it says on the cover, it's a "Visionary Tour De Force!" The soundtrack really brings the film together and makes it feel more like a Ghibli film than it already is. On the down side it can be a little slow at times and it does run a little over two hours, but I think it's worth it. If you enjoy Ghibli movies, appreciate a unique art style, or like hearing Japanese folk lore, then I would highly suggest checking out this movie.

3 star rating out of 5

A decent movie, but I wish it was better


I really like the aesthetic of the whole movie: the art style and the fairy tale logic hits a sweet spot for me. The first 20 or so minutes about the Princess' childhood and sudden move from the country to the palace made up the best part of the movie.
But after that, the story becomes somewhat uninspired. She gets depressed, trapped by all her obligations, it's nothing I haven't seen in any other reluctant princess/aristocrat story before. The one exception was where she plays the koto perfectly or her dad and not for her instructor; I loved that bit.

Still, the princess stuff still managed to entertain me enough, thanks to the aesthetic. The beautiful ending is also a great note to end the movie.

The DVD also has this post-production panel featuring the main staff, but honestly, it isn't very interesting.

So, it was okay, maybe even fairly good. Just don't set your expectations too high like I did.