Director: Isao Takahata.
Japan 2013. 137 mins.
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This timeless masterpiece from the legendary Studio Ghibli is based on a tenth–century Japanese fable. A peasant discovers a miniature girl growing inside a bamboo shoot and takes her home.
She quickly grows to become the most beautiful young woman in the land, and is wooed by a series of suitors, including the Emperor himself. But it soon emerges that she is in fact exiled from the Moon, to which she is bound one day to return.
This haunting story is brought to the screen by Ghibli co-founder and genius animator Isao Takahata (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES), and is undoubtedly one of the studio’s finest works. Exquisitely drawn in a style that recalls washed-out Japanese watercolours, the story is spellbinding and melancholic – an instant classic.