I've finally seen The Tale of Princess Kaguya yesterday, and I'm speechless. Is one of the most beautiful films ever created.

It is also very sad. But there are beauty also in sadness. Anyone familiar with the work of Isao Takahata (it's director) knows that.

So I wanted to share a little bit of that, recommending this movie, and every other Studio Ghibli film. They're great.

You can share a little bit of beauty here if you want.

Amazing Ghibli AMV - Never Enough

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bump thx for the recommendation, will watch :-)

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That's a great AMV. I have to watch a bunch of films now and I hate you

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Don't hate me

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I hate you

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I agree, it was quite nice, I'd almost say that his movies were better than Hayao Miyazaki's, a more human side than the fantastical side that Miyazaki tended towards. I much liked Pom Poko as well :)

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They're... different.

Pom Poko is great, more on the joyful side. Grave of the Fireflies is right on the devastating side. Kaguya is almost Buddhist in it's equilibrium between beauty, joy and sad.

Still have to watch ┬┤My neighbours the Yamadas' and 'Omoide Poro Poro'

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I tend to like Miyazaki's storytelling and fantastical settings better overall. Some of Takahata's films, like Only Yesterday, felt too disjointed for me to enjoy. (Although there are plenty of individual scenes I like from his films.) I will say Kaguya, My Neighbours the Yamadas, and Grave of the Fireflies are all excellent.

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thanks for the recommendation.
im gonna watch :)

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Bump <3

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This is my favourite AMV, it also has a lot of Ghibli stuff in it :)

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I liked it!

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Up ;)

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Bump and thank you

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Sorry for the late bump/small necro! Was meant to reply but completely forgot, and I really want to. Here's some small giveaways of spare keys I have for consolation--that maybe you could add to the post for revival if you want.

Anyway I wanted to say that I completely agree with you. :) This film is super special to me, more so than just about any other film I've watched. After originally watching it I left it behind and didn't think much about it, I didn't overly like or "get" it... That was until I happened across a YouTube clip for it in my reccs some months later, clicked in boredom and had this weird, immediate visceral reaction. I started crying as soon as the track hit and the story started coming back to me. And it wasn't a sad clip or anything, and I had never cried or gotten especially sad when I first watched it. But yet as I continued to watch some more clips, I still cried some more (and I promise I'm not that much of a wuss)... And then when I decided to revisit it properly and reflect on the story, I suddenly understood it so much more and it was suddenly so much clearer what Takahata was doing with it. I don't think I was crying at the sad parts of the film--they've never gotten me--but all the beautifully happy times.
My mind and feelings changing so much like this had never happened before (and still hasn't happened again with anything else, not like that), and it really blew me away how much weight and impact the film unknowingly left on/with me--this film I hadn't even thought too much of. I love it more and more as time goes by. Maybe it has or will have a similar power for you.

I wrote a small bit about my interpretation of the film back then that I could share if it interests you. And if you loved Princess Kaguya by the way I REALLY must recommend one of Isao Takahata's other films, Only Yesterday, which is another beautiful film that really grows with some time, thought and reflection. It's my second favourite film from Takahata, and it's easily the most underrated Ghibli. The ending is truly something special. The whole film is really, and I'd especially recommend it if you're in your late 20s or older and in a reminiscing and/or transitory stage of your life.
Oh! And In This Corner of the World is another absolutely stunning, masterpiece of film that I see as being very similar in tone and pace to Princess Kaguya, I definitely think you'd like this one. I cannot sing it's praises enough. It's not from Ghibli, but it's got such a similarly soft and beautiful art style to Kaguya, and it's the single greatest "war film" I have ever seen (and I've seen a decent share of them!).

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this wonderful movie. I felt the same, in places is so beautiful that it hurts somehow.

I still have to watch Only yesterday, and My Neighbors the Yamada to complete Takahata's filmography. I'll check In this corner of the world too.

Have you seen Millenium Actress?

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No problem, and you won't regret it! And yes I've seen Millennium Actress!! That's actually my favourite film of all time haha. :) So many great animated films from Japan...

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Not only from Japan! Don't forget The Red Turtle, that amazing Ghibli outcast :)

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Wanted to whitelist you, but you were already there :)

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It's not good enough, so you like Ghibli?
Then there is such a facility.
Ghibli Museum, Mitaka in Japan

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I have to go there... Someday. Someday....

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Oh don't worry, that'll surely be on my list if ever I go to Japan! Gotta watch those shorts of theirs somehow. :D

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I've seen the film myself a few years ago. It's somewhat strange, beautiful and sad all at the same time. It's not my favourite Ghibli movie though. I am much more drawn to the happier stuff. Totoro is the most adorable thing I've ever watched. Laputa and Howl's Moving Castle are among my favourite animated movies.

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Thanks for the recommendation, popocho :)

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Thanks for the recomendations =)

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Love Takahata's films, watched Princess Kaguya for the first time a couple of months ago, very beautiful and sad.
Thanks for the giveaways.

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