Monday, August 19, 2013

Release Date Announced for Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)

Studio Ghibli's next film, “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (かぐや姫の物語)”has just received a release date for Japan: November 23, 2013. (Teaser trailer shown HERE, short production stills presentation HERE.)

The title approximately translates in English as The Tale of Princess Kaguya and is a retelling of Japan's oldest known (and recorded) fairy tale from the 10th century.

Here's some of the tale, though I'm not sure if this is a student-writer retelling (and translation) of the story, or a copy of the text from one of the many Japanese books.

It's generally known as The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, The Moon Princess or The Tale of Princess Kaguya:
Color test for Kaguya Hime by Ryan Andrews
(Not for Ghibli)
A really long time ago, in some countryside, there was one old couple that had no children. They lived by cutting and selling bamboos. One day, the old man went to a forest to get bamboos as usual, and found the bright bamboo. He thought the bamboo could be sold for a good price and he tried to cut soon. But, he couldn’t do that, because he noticed there was a pretty little girl into that. It made him very surprised, but the old couple wanted their child for so long. Then he decided to take her his home and raised her as their real child with his wife. Of course, when he came back to home with the girl, the old woman was surprised but really happy. They named her Kaguya and took care of her. They became a good family and were satisfied with their lives. Such happy lives had continued until Kaguya rose as marriageable women.  
Kaguya Hime by Ryan Andrews
(Not for Ghibli)
She became awfully beautiful lady. Her beauty was not like human, but a fairy or pretty flower. Her hair was extremely long and jet-black like a wing of a black bird. Her eyes were deeply dark as a sky of night, nose was as tall as a mountain, and mouth was pink like a cherry. The skin was similar to pottery and all her actions are elegant. All men who knew about Kaguya wanted to marry her. However, she didn’t want to marry anybody. Still, five rich men seriously wanted to marry with her, and they dangled after her loudly. Finally they became like stalkers, Kaguya said that she would marry whoever could gain what she wants. Of course, they agreed with this idea. She showed five different things as she wanted individually; the bowl of Buddha, the branch with the ball of the water lily, the far of the fire mouse, the bead of the dragon, and the swallow’s talisman. It was almost impossible to get all those things, and they tried as hard as they could, but couldn’t. 
You can find the rest of this version of the story HERE.

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