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.
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.
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.
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.
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