A bamboo gatherer finds a tiny princess living in a bamboo shoot. He takes her home to his wife and they raise her. This is in the spring. Because she is a magical princess, she grows really fast. Her rapidly ending childhood is lived in the village with the bamboo cutter and his wife. Running around like a hooligan collecting wild mushrooms, hunting grouse, and picking cherry blossoms is the only life Kaguya has ever known until she is about 12. Her parents receive letters to take Kaguya into town to make her a proper princess. Their cozy hovel becomes a palace, they receive fine clothing and a teacher to properly guide their daughter in the finer skills of being a princess. Kaguya rebels against her new life, until she is forced to accept her new fate. But with twists and turns she makes it her own life.
This is a beautifully drawn movie. Using 2D animation with very little CGI, Japanese folklore jumps out of the screen at you. This old tale is beautifully told and superbly made. Based on a centuries old Japanese folklore The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Also was made into a live action movie in the late 80’s, called Princess From the Moon. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 2/17/15