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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Isao Takahata: 1935 - 2018
2013. Cert.U. 137mins. Japan.
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From the legendary Studio Ghibli, comes the visionary tour de force The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Based on one of Japan’s oldest and most beloved folktales, this hand drawn masterpiece is the extraordinary final film from co-founder and director Isao Takahata.

When an aging bamboo cutter finds a tiny girl in a glowing stalk of bamboo he and his wife decide to raise her as their daughter. Growing at a rapid rate, she soon becomes an enchanting and beautiful young lady, but beneath the magic she holds a secret that will affect the lives of all those she encounters and everything 

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Screening to commemorate the life of director and co-founder of of Studio Ghibli Isao Takahata, who sadly passed away in April 2018.

Film is a rich artform, entertaining and magical, but at it’s best it is a tool to help us better understanding ourselves and the world around us. For this reason Takahata’s work was revelatory, once watched his films cannot be unseen, cannot be unfelt and we are all the better for that depth of experience.