Japan, 2013, 137 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Isao Takahata, Rated PG, Japanese with English subtitles, GKIDS

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Friday, 6/8 to Sunday, 6/10

"A marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Fourteen years after his last film (Pom Poko), Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and boasting a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for Takahata.

For over three decades, Studio Ghibli has transported audiences across the globe to magical realms filled with fantastic creatures and awe-inspiring sights. Led by co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the Japanese studio has garnered numerous awards, set box office records, and touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Join us for a two-week celebration as we present, in partnership with GKIDS, all 22 films (and one short!) in the Complete Studio Ghibli.

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