The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Buy tickets now! screening Wed. Nov. 12

Tickets for THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA are now on sale.  See the ticket page for details and the link to buy tickets!
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11 thoughts on “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Buy tickets now! screening Wed. Nov. 12

  1. Read info Randy sent as to the genesis of the film, but I don’t think it gets to its allegorical truth. To me that truth seemed obvious: just like Princess Kaguya, we are all visitors here for a time. We are all princes and princesses to our parents. The relationships we form are the most important things in our lives. We are in a hurry to grow up, and then spend inordinate time reflecting on and longing for the gambols and games and companions of the youth that we were in a hurry to leave. And leave we must, no matter how we long to stay or how many defenses we erect to forestall that leavetaking. This is a lovely place, give or take how we mess things up and various natural and man-made disasters. We all have to return from whence we came, despite the heartbreak it causes to those we love and who love us.
    It is a beautiful, heart-rending tale of the story of life.

  2. Another theme that comes through to me is that one does not find happiness without being true to oneself.

    It would be great if people engage in conversations about films in this manner through the webpage.

  3. One of the aspects of the film that struck me when we talk about being true to one’s self, is to the degree that her unhappiness arose from trying to please her father, the bamboo cutter. She was essentially without power at the point in her life that he chose her fate. While ideally we should be true to ourselves, young people do not really have that choice and may wind up trying to fulfill someone else’s vision of who they should be.

  4. I wasn’t able to open the PDF I got from Randy, and sadly wasn’t able to attend the movie either, but I do agree that a page of this sort, where we can discuss the films we see would be a great addition to the Society.

  5. cbpearl’s comment was beautifully expressed and mirrors my own reaction to the film. I was deeply saddened and felt almost “done in” by the ending of the film. I understood that the Princess’s departure was like a death and I felt a sense of grief. I felt the parents’ pain at their loss, and understood that the princess went on to another realm where she no longer would be able to experience what her parents were feeling. The animation was exquisite and I loved the film.

  6. First, I want to commend Randy for selecting this film for us. Enough of the leftist documentaries, let’s return to less tendentious fare. It was so refreshing to experience something so elegant. It was more than a movie, it was an experience. Having lived in Japan years ago, it brought back the memories of the Japanese culture’s regard for the aesthetic. Even the notion of caligraphy.
    How different from education offered in the U.S. in government schools where the word penmanship is probably as foreign to our students as is “civics.” In any case, back to the movie. I saw it as a rendering of the Hare Krishna notion of living a life, completing it, and moving on to another place, perhaps another life, in another form. Outstanding, very impressive film.

  7. I agree with all of the comments that have been posted to this point. It was a lovely exquisite film with beautiful water color graphics. It was a pleasure to see. Thank you Randy for bringing this lovely film to us.

  8. I think this is a wonderful way to comment on the films. I have a hearing loss and frequently I cannot understand the comments. Perhaps one of the commentators can respond to the comments. Thank you again, Randy.


  10. It’s great to read our fellow members/viewers comments which give insight to things I didn’t reflect upon, making my appreciation of the film even greater.
    It was remarkable how the film depicted the way of life in Japan over 1000 years ago, familial, social, traditional, political, material, to mention several.
    Films as these are a great learning curve, and as with all subtitle films I try to pick up terms or phrases so that as the film progresses, I’m learning the the language to better enhance my viewing experience.
    The subtitles were a little tricky to read because of the light background, so there was a momentary delay between viewing and reading for me.
    Most all older societies have these legends and fables, which enrich our understanding of peoples around the world.
    The imagination and then moral intent of these stories are both captivating and influencing on our present lives and situations.
    The drawings were masterfully rendered with less being more, so that the depictions and expressions gave me immediate understanding of the physical and emotional intent.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the entire film, and one could easily view it again to catch little details missed first time around.
    Superb selection, Randy.

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