at Studio Ghibli –that he founded thirty years ago– will be a little less regretted if that creative factory keeps developing projects like The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. A fascinating, delicate, splendid, and very powerful syncretism of drawing, color and animation techniques, the millennial tale of the princess born from a bamboo sprout is transformed by Isao Tkahata and his team into a film that seems to go against many currents. The serenity of the storytelling, the strength of its plot and characters, the confidence in the perfection of the irregular trace –a cross between pencil drawing and pastel watercolors, recreated in the digital age– make Kaguya a regal heir of Japanese classicism (both cinematic and pictorial) and, at the time, open new, unexplored paths for animated family features. Like an old emakimono, the story of metaphorical and literal rises and falls of “Little Bamboo” unfolds before the viewer’s eyes with the blinding beauty of the apparently simple. DB
D: Isao Takahata
G: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi
M: Joe Hisaishi
P: Yoshiaki Nishimura, Toshio Suzuki, Seiichiro Ujiie
CP: Studio Ghibli
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Born in 1935 in Ise, Japan, he co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki. His director credits include Panda! Go Panda! (1972), Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (1991), and My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999).