'Kaguya' director cuts loose with tale of squelched princess

December 11, 2014 11:26 PM

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The beautiful simplicity of hand-drawn animation and emotionally rich stories has made Studio Ghibli a treasure for most of four decades.

Known for more realistic anime films such as the heartbreaking "Grave of the Fireflies" and the underrated "Only Yesterday," director Isao Takahata, 78, cuts loose with "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya," a mythic story of a princess born inside a bamboo shoot who is raised by an elderly bamboo cutte...

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