Princess from the Moon

Princess from the Moon (竹取物語, Taketori monogatari) is a 1987 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa and based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a centuries-old Japanese fairy tale about a girl from the moon who is discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.

Princess from the Moon
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Directed byKon Ichikawa
Produced byMasaichi Nagata
Written byKon Ichikawa
Shinya Hidaka
Mitsutoshi Ishigami
Ryûzô Kikushima
Based onThe Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
StarringToshiro Mifune
Ayako Wakao
Kyōko Kishida
Kiichi Nakai
Music byKensaku Tanikawa
CinematographySetsuo Kobayashi
Edited byChizuko Osada
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
September 14, 1987 (US)
September 26, 1987 (Japan)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

BackgroundEdit

The film was released as Toho's 55th Anniversary Film in 1987. Ichikawa noted that he had wanted to make this film for many years, and said his intention was to make it a "film of pure diversion".[1] The film was selected as the opening film of the Tokyo International Film Festival, where it was not well received by critics.[2] Toho promoted the film heavily, and it had the second highest theatrical returns of any film that year, but its financial performance did not equal that of Ichikawa's 1985 release Harp of Burma.[1]

PlotEdit

One day bamboo cutter Taketori-no-Miyatsuko (Toshiro Mifune) discovers a baby girl while he is out in the forest, visiting his daughter's grave. Not wanting to leave the infant to die and because of her resemblance to his dead daughter, he takes the child home with him- only to discover that the child grows at an extraordinarily fast rate. Incredibly beautiful, the now grown child Kaya (Yasuko Sawaguchi) attracts the attention of everyone around her, including the land's Emperor. Unwilling to accept their advances, Kaya gives the men a list of increasingly difficult tasks. By the film's end Kaya returns to outer-space by way of a space ship.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 1988, won Japanese Academy Awards Newcomer of the Year for Megumi Odaka[3]
  • 1988, won Japanese Academy Awards Best Art Direction for Shinobu Muraki[3]
  • 1988, won Japanese Academy Awards Special Award for Teruyoshi Nakano, Kenichi Eguchi, Yasuyuki Inoue, Takeshi Miyanishi, Kazunobu Sanpei, Eiichi Asada, Kohei Mikami, and Hiroshi Shirakawa[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Film[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Director for Kon Ichikawa[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Cinematography for Setsuo Kobayashi[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Editing for Chizuko Osada[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Lighting for Kazuo Shimomura[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Music Score for Kensaku Tanikawa[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Sound for Teiichi Saito and Tetsuya Ohashi[3]
  • 1988, nominated Japanese Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor for Toshiro Mifune[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b James Quandt, ed., Kon Ichikawa (Indiana University Press, 2001), ISBN 978-0968296936, pp. 91-92, 388-393. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Kazuhiro Tateishi, "The Tale of Genji in Postwar Film: Emperor, Aestheticism, and the Erotic", in Haruo Shirane, ed., Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production (Columbia University Press, 2013), ISBN 978-0231513463, p. 326. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Japan Academy Prize Association website

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