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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.

(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)

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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  • Constable

    I’ve never seen you do a review of a Japanese animation (not that I’ve been following your blog for very long). I suppose now people will ask you to review silliness like Attack on Titan or Fullmetal Alchemist. Anyways, I really need to catch up on Studio Ghibli’s films. I saw some of them when I was quite young and I’ve had them on my “watch later” list ever since.

  • Jurgan

    She’s reviewed a number of Ghibli films. But FMA or AoT are television series, and take a much larger commitment of time. Maryann has reviewed a few TV series, but it’s unusual if she doesn’t have some particular interest in the subject matter.

  • Constable

    Right, to be honest though, you can tell where FMA and AoT are going from the first few episodes. They’re fun but not something I could really see MaryAnn bothering with, I was more or less joking when I suggested them. What I would love for her to review is Cowboy Bebop as she did a review on the mediocre film of the same name awhile ago. I’m not sure if she’d love it or hate it, it seems to be a polarizing series.

  • Jurgan

    Really? I’ve never heard anyone say they hated Bebop.

  • LaSargenta

    Me neither.

  • a

    I don’t believe she’s seen *Princess Mononoke*, it’s an old one, but anyone who hasn’t seen it is missing out..

  • Constable

    I don’t hate the film, I just don’t think it’s really necessary the way the show wrapped up. I liked the story the way it was, it was just weird seeing the movie after watching the series.

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