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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Wins Boston Film Critics Award

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Film also nominated for three Annie Awards

The Boston Society of Film Critics announced that Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya won its award for Best Animated Film of 2014. Princess Kaguya also received the Best Animation of 2014 prize from The Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Sunday.

Last year, Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises won the association's Best Animated Film award.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is based on the famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which centers on a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. GKIDS is currently screening the film in several North American theaters.

The film won the Animation Film Award at the 68th Mainichi Film Awards. The film was screened at Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight but did not receive any awards. It is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for the eighth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). For the 42nd Annual Annie Awards, it received nominations in three categories: Best Animated Feature, Takahata for "Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production," and film composer Joe Hisaishi for "Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production." It was submitted for Oscar consideration in the Animated Feature Film category.

Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, The 5th Wave) stars as the title character in the English dub. The cast also includes James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain.

Source: Cinema Today

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