Analysis Of Princess Kaguya

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Sometimes I think about what qualities make a film good. The film I talk about here is a general category, which includes not only different genres of films but also animation movies. A good and complete story? Well-designed characters? A deep and essential topic? Some people say they are all important. But not all the movies can reach all the single the quality. But I think the Story of Princess Kaguya reached.
This story was adapted from a traditional Japanese folktale, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. An old bamboo cutter lived in a poor mountain village. One day, he found a small cute girl in a bamboo flower during cutting bamboos. He thought this was the gift from the heaven and raised the girl with his wife. The girl grew up fast and gradually
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The characters and background are painted in a traditional way. The lines and colors look like painted by ink brush, which is a traditional painting and writing tool in China and Japan. They are like brook water flooding smoothly on the screen. Not to mention that the most nervous scene that Kaguya ran fast back to the village in her dream. Moreover, the princess and the moon were drawn by bold lines. It shows the intensive emotion of Kaguya and how strongly she wanted to escape from the rich and prosperous cage. And the motif is also appealing. Even though we have to experience both happiness and sorrows while living in the world, it is all the experiences build what we…show more content…
Jackson (2015) argued that in Takahata’s 1999 film, My Neighbors the Yamadas, there is some evidence that anticipates both the style and content of the Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
First is the content. At Yamadas’ wedding, there was a speech:
“Treasure every moment, for they’ll not be children forever.”
This motif comes along the whole story of princess Kaguya. She came to the world because she wanted to experience. She escaped from the banquet in her dream (or in reality) because she hated the life that conflicted with her wish. She grew up at a super-fast speed. She finally went back to heaven with pity when she was not a child anymore.
Kaguya also builds on Yamadas’ unique visual style, an impressionistic one, which is called “sketch-style”. (Jackson, 2015, p. 89) This style matches the period characteristics of the story. It also supplies with an abstract way to describe and convey personalities. For example, the four rich men, who proposed to Kaguya, were painted with different funny faces. They convey the absurdity and lust of them. They did not love Kaguya’s real personality. They only love her beauty and
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