The Tale of Princess Kaguya is showing November 21 – December 4, 2014 at the Nightlight Cinema. For showtimes visit Nightlight Cinema’s website.
The first film in fourteen years from Studio Ghibli co-founder and Grave of the Fireflies director Isao Takahata is a ravishingly beautiful adaptation of a tenth-century folktale. One day in the forest, the simple bamboo cutter Okina finds a baby in the folds of a bamboo shoot, and brings the infant home to his wife Ona. Naming the child Kaguya and raising her as their own, the couple soon discovers that their daughter is truly not of this world: she grows at an unnaturally quick rate, and has soon matured into a beautiful young woman. Discovering a cache of gold and lavish silks in the forest that he takes as a sign of Kaguya’s royal heritage, Okina moves her to a lavish home in the capital city, where she is besieged by suitors — but Kaguya soon proves to have a higher destiny. “A visionary tour de force” (Variety).