THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA

Directed by Isao Takahata

Sometimes, you watch a film and you’ll continue through your day like it never happened. Sometimes, you’ll watch a film and it’ll completely cleanse you of all the pain and hurt you’ve ever felt in your life, just for a moment. Princess Kaguya is one of those films. Like a moving watercolour, the film is beguiling in the way it moves, sounds and feels. It’s a film that sings to the heart and the soul. I hope every person, young and old, has time in their lives to watch it. It’s a film that makes you appreciate the world and all of it’s beautiful imperfections. Apparently, it took Isao Takahata and his team about eight years to finish Princess Kaguya. Was it worth it? Holy shit yes.

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THE WIND RISES

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

It feels like such an honour to get to finally watch a film by the great Hayao Miyazaki in cinemas. All his films are injected with pure imagination and love for the art-form, and The Wind Rises is no exception. It’s a beautiful, tender film about love and dreams in times of war and sickness. Miyazaki makes films which illicit that rare, magnificent effect in an audience: he makes you feel truly alive.

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