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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
New People Cinema
San Francisco, CA
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
2013 | 137 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Isao Takahata

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japans most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloƫ Grace Moretz). The mysterious
young princess enthralls all who encounter her  but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her All ticket sales on this website are final. No refunds or exchange of tickets will be issued..

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and
marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is adapted from the 10th century Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, widely known throughout Japan. It is the oldest extant Japanese
narrative and an early example of proto-science fiction.

The story details the life of a mysterious girl called Kaguya-hime, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant and is raised by a poor bamboo cutter and his wife. She is said to be from the Kingdom of the Moon and has been sent to earth to serve punishment for some unspoken crime. Kaguya- hime grows rapidly from a small baby to a young woman of extraordinary beauty, and attracts the attention of five noble suitors and eventually the Emperor himself. She spurns their advances and sets them each an impossible task, promising to bestow her hand in marriage to the one who can fulfill his quest. Following this, Kaguya-hime retreats into a melancholy state, her eyes filling with tears every time she gazes on the full moon. Her adoptive parents worry greatly and question her, and she finally reveals that she is not of this world and must return to her people on the moon. When the celestial entourage comes to retrieve her, a robe of forgetfulness is placed on her shoulders and all of her sadness and compassion for the people of the Earth are forgotten.

In Isao Takahatas hands the folktale is transformed into a vibrant and powerful rumination on lifes paths and eventual end. With her short time on earth Princess Kaguya experiences
the joy, love, pain and bounty of our world with an all-embracing fullness that makes her parting from it all the more unbearable. The result is an artistic masterpiece, encapsulating all the wisdom and compassion of the filmmakers 78 years.

All ticket sales on this website are final. No refunds or exchange of tickets will be issued.


New People Cinema (View)
1746 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
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