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Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making.


Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.


From studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises and Director Isao Takahata comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.


“The hand-drawn details are breathtaking, with a cautionary and compelling story for tweens and older kids to share with their parents.” -Nancy Churnin DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“Although most know the name Hayao Miyazaki, there are many wonderful directors under the Ghibli umbrella, and Isao Takahata is as great as they come.” -G. Allen Johnson SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“It’s the best kind of fairy tale – tough, deep and meaningful, with a heroine who stays true to herself in spite of shallow temptations.” -Billy Goodykoontz ARIZONA REPUBLIC