The Legend of Princess Kaguya in Takahata’s Last Masterpiece

If you are looking for a fun children film with a happy ending, this film by Studio Ghibli is not for you to be enjoyed. But if you are looking for a true masterpiece that was beautifully hand-painted with a perfect story, The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a story that you won’t miss. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is one of my favorite stories — and films, of all time. Adapted from a Japanese tale from the 10th century, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, The Tale of Princess Bamboo Kaguya, is the oldest work of fiction in Japanese culture, centered on sincerity, love, family, throne, and divine principles.

Japan’s oldest work of fiction

The Tale of Princess Kaguya considered as Japan’s oldest prose narrative – tells the story of a girl named Kaguya, who is found by a bamboo-cutting grandfather in the middle of a forest and raised as his daughter.

One day, the bamboo cutter was harvesting bamboo in the forest as usual, when he found a bamboo that was shining brightly.

“Wait, bamboo shouldn’t shine”, thought the grandfather.

Studio Ghibli included 6 frames of animation in the same exact scene. This makes Isao Takahata’s final work a masterpiece he left behind. As if Isao Takahata predicted his own death.

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