THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (U)

WHO’S IN IT? (ENGLISH DUB)

Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay), Darren Criss (Girl Most Likely), James Caan (The Godfather), Mary Steenburgen (Back To The Future Part III), Lucy Liu (Kill Bill Vol. 1), Hynden Walch (Groundhog Day), James Marsden (Enchanted), Beau Bridges (The Descendants), Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Oliver Platt (Frost/Nixon), Daniel Dae Kim (Crash), George Segal (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), John Cho (Star Trek), Emily Bridges (Purple Mind), Liam O’Brien (Phineas and Ferb)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), director, writer; Riko Sakaguchi (The Little Maestro), writer; Mike Jones (The Wind Rises), writer (English adaptation); Yoshiaki Nishimura (film debut) and Seiichirô Ujiie (My Neighbours The Yamadas), producers; Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away), composer

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

An elderly bamboo cutter (Caan) finds inside a shining bamboo stalk a tiny girl, no larger than a finger. Taking the girl back to his home in the mountains, where she is raised by the cutter and his wife (Steenburgen), the girl soon grows into a beautiful young woman named Kaguya (Moretz). When she is suddenly relocated to the city, her beauty attracts many suitors who all put their pledge forward to have her hand in marriage – but she must soon face her fate, punishment for a crime…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

This beautifully animated, Oscar-nominated Japanese animation not only comes from the domineering anime powerhouse that is Studio Ghibli, but is also the product of co-founder Isao Takahata who, after providing one of the studio’s most powerful entries in the form of Grave of the Fireflies, takes inspiration from a classic Japanese tale to tell a marvellous story with the best tools possible.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2015

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