A warm and charming animated adventure from the legendary Studio Ghibli
This Japanese animated film from the legendary Studio Ghibli, the makers of 2001’s Spirited Away, was deservedly nominated for the Best Animated Feature prize at this year’s Oscars. Based on a 10th-century Japanese folk tale, it tells the story of Sanuki, a bamboo cutter who finds a miniature girl inside a glowing bamboo shoot and takes her home to his wife to bring her up as their own. Convinced the girl is a princess, Sanuki relocates his family to the city, where her beauty attracts a line of would-be husbands. The centuries-old story then takes some unexpectedly sad and strange turns, but gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and a wistful score by Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi ensure it remains warm and charming.