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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya movie rating: green light

Tale of the Princess Kaguya green light

With gorgeously expressive animation reminiscent of Japanese scrolls and an irrepressible heroine who is full of life and joy and humor, this is an ancient folktale fresh with immediacy and relevance.
I’m “biast” (pro): generally love Studio Ghibli’s films

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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I viewed the subtitled Japanese-language version of ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.’ The voice cast of the English-language-dubbed version includes Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Lucy Liu.

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See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya for its representation of girls and women.

green light 4 stars

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)
US/Can release: Oct 17 2014
UK/Ire release: Mar 20 2015

MPAA: rated PG for thematic elements, some violent action and partial nudity
BBFC: rated U (mild violence, natural nudity)

viewed at home on a small screen

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