The Tale of the Princess Kaguya screens for a four-week run at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center from December 5th through the 30th. Click here for showtimes.
Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is an apologue of life itself. It’s an animated film of resolute specificity yet operates under universal terms, where its titular character undergoes the transformation that comes with age and time. The film is based on a 10th-century Japanese folktale, though Takahata’s adaptation is more contemporary than its origin suggests. For what makes The Tale of the Princess Kaguya successful is in how it pivots its concerns around a situation rather than plot. One can extract genuine human concerns of agency and class within the film’s aggressive artistry. Kaguya translates to “shining light” and, like moths, we are captivated by the beacon of beauty that is Takahata’s compositions.Read More