The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

2014 PG PT2H17M Blu-ray / DVD

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

2014 PG PT2H17M Blu-ray / DVD
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Drawn from a 10th-century Japanese folk tale, this pastel-toned animated drama follows a nymph sent from the moon to Earth, where she's transformed into a fatefully beautiful woman pursued by a gallery of noble suitors.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English (UK), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a retelling of a 10th-century Japanese fable about a tiny, mysterious princess who sprouts from a bamboo stalk and is raised by an elderly bamboo cutter and his wife. The movie, which is available in both the original Japanese (with English subtitles) and in dubbed English, should appeal to mature elementary schoolers who are already fans of movies like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. There are a couple of scenes of violence -- including the death or disappearance of a couple of characters -- as well as a moment when a woman's bare breast is shown because she's nursing. Families who enjoy fantasies and folk tales should consider seeing this unique film together; it has serious themes and moments of heartbreak, but it also offers strong messages about what children need to thrive (love, encouragement, and the freedom to be themselves) and how striving for social status will ultimately leave you dissatisfied.

Sexual Content

Kissing. Nonsexual nudity in scenes that show a mother's breast as she nurses a baby. A reference to one suitor's reputation for leaving young women in disgrace.

Violence

A couple of characters die or disappear, including one who dies (plummets to his death) while attempting to reach a treasure for Princess Kaguya. Men tackle and apprehend a young man who has stolen goods.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Children don't need money and social status to succeed, but rather love, encouragement, and the freedom to be themselves. Also shows how beauty shouldn't be the only reason to fall in love with someone -- and how striving for social status will ultimately leave you dissatisfied.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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