The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya: A Study

The first few animes after Death Note that I ever watched. This film is a work of art. I love it when a film makes me feel- What a beating this has been! And makes me question the cliche happy endings, I was so relieved that the makers chose to keep a grey ending to the movie. It based on a folklore called the Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter where a couple finds a baby while cutting down bamboo stocks. The kids in the village starts calling her “Takenoko” translating to “little bamboo.” I absolutely love how such intricate details are made into stories which go on changing people’s lives. The symbolism of the fact that Bamboos are actually one of the most fastest growing plants with a short life span is so beautifully heart breaking in the context of the script. So, Takenoko grows up in a blink of an eye and Miyatsuko, her father relocates the family to the capital with the gold that he comes across.

No one could understand Takenoko’s conundrum better than myself. My father had a transferable job all his life and we kept moving from one city to another every four years. As exciting as it sounds, it kills me that I’ll never get to call a city my home, have my own go to coffee shops, and most importantly have my friends just one call away. For a two year old and even a fourteen year old whose life has just been uprooted, making friends and “fitting in” is not all roses and sunshine.

Being a quiet kid, I could never express my emotions freely. Not that I knew how to. What school teaches that?! The theme of the movie, I feel, revolves around the same issues. All she wanted was to be around her friends, in a place where she literally grew up playing with and imitating frogs while having ideas of her parents being forced upon her. I think having grown up in a traditional Japan and also speaking realistically it’s not easy because you’re bounded by circumstances that are unchangeable, you’re dependent on your family. Yet you love them despite all the differences and that’s depicted so beautifully in the juxtaposition of the scene where she runs before the cape being put on her and reached out to her parents one last time, I bawled like a baby watching that scene.

All in all, the film comes to a full circle of life and death and whatever it has in store for you in between and how you make the most of it by accepting, enjoying, and letting go.



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