The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

This past August the renowned Japanese animation outfit Studio Ghibli announced that it would halt production temporarily to ponder its creative and financial future following the retirement of director and founding member Hayao Miyazaki. For years Miyazaki has been the international face of Ghibli, with such critical and commercial hits as Spirited Away (2001), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), and The Wind Rises (2013). But Isao Takahata, who partnered with Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki to create the studio back in 1985, is no slouch either: his filmography ranges from the tragic masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies (1988), about two orphans struggling to survive the horror and privation of postwar Japan, to the wacky, Simpsons-esque My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999). Takahata is now 79—six years older than Miyazaki—but his latest feature, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, shows him at the very top of his game. Continue reading >>