Princess from the Moon (1987)
Princess from the Moon (竹取物語 is a 1987 Taketori Monogatari, lit. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter)Japanese tokusatsu fantasy film co-produced by Toho and Fuji TV. It is an adaptation of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a Japanese fairy tale. It was released to Japanese theaters on September 26, 1987.
A poor country couple has just lost their only child. The father sees a strange storm and decides to walk into the forest, and he finds something he did not expect: a strange blue cocoon. Inside he finds a small girl with big blue eyes. The couple then raises her as their own daughter.
- Main article: Princess from the Moon/Credits.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Kon Ichikawa
- Written by Ryozo Kikushima, Mitsutoshi Ishigami, Shinya Hidaka, Kon Ichikawa
- Produced by Masaru Kakutani, Hiroaki Fuji, Junichi Shinsaka
- Executive Producers Tomoyuki Tanaka, Shigeaki Hazawa
- Music by Kensaku Tanikawa
- Conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue
- Orchestrated by Junosuke Yamamoto
- Theme Song "STAY WITH ME—Song for Princess KAGUYA" Performed by Peter Cetera
- Cinematography by Setsuo Kobayashi
- Edited by Chizuko Osada
- Production Design by Shinobu Muraki
- Assistant Directors Kazuo Yoshida, Masaaki Tezuka
- Special Effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, Eiichi Asada, Kiyoshi Kameo, Tadaaki Watanabe, Yasuyuki Inoue, Nobuyuki Yasumaru
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Toshiro Mifune as Taketori no Miyatsuko
- Ayako Wakao as Tayoshime
- Yasuko Sawaguchi as Kaya, the Princess Kaguya
- Koji Ishizaka as Mikado
- Kiichi Nakai as Otomo no Dainagon, Minister of the Military
- Megumi Odaka as Akeno
- Katsuo Nakamura as Lise
- Takeshi Kato as Fujiwara no Okuni
- Kyoko Kishida as Kougo
- Jun Hamamura as Sakanoue no Dajo Daijin
- Koasa Shunputei as Kuramochi no Miko, Minister of Culture
- Takatoshi Takeda as Abe no Udaijin, Minister of Finance
- Shiro Ito as Sojo no Doson
- Fujio Tokita as Shonin no Uda
- Hirokazu Yamaguchi as Metal carver
- Gen Idemitsu as Mura no Choja
- Michiyo Yokoyama as Lise's wife
- Hirokazu Inoue as Ono no Fusamori
- Miho Nakano as Kaya
- Main article: Princess from the Moon/Gallery.
- Main article: Princess from the Moon (Soundtrack).
- The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Literal Japanese Title)
- Japan - September 26, 1987
Princess from the Moon earned only approximately 1.45 billion yen at the Japanese box office, with a budget estimated around 2 billion yen.
Despite disappointing box office returns, Princess from the Moon was nominated for and won several Japanese Academy Awards.
Actress Megumi Odaka won the Japanese Academy Award for "Newcomer of the Year" for her role as Akeno in this film. The film also received awards for "Best Art Direction" and the Academy's "Special Award." Princess for the Moon was nominated for "Best Picture," "Best Director," "Best Cinematography," "Best Editing," "Best Lighting," "Best Score," "Best Sound," and "Best Supporting Actor."
|11th Japan Academy Awards||Newcomer of the Year||Megumi Odaka||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Shinobu Muraki||Won|
|Special Award||Teruyoshi Nakano & special effects staff||Won|
|Best Film||Princess from the Moon||Nominated|
|Best Director||Kon Ichikawa||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Setsuo Kobayashi||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Chizuko Osada||Nominated|
|Best Lighting||Kazuo Shimomura||Nominated|
|Best Score||Kensaku Tanikawa||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Teiichi Saito & Tetsuya Ohashi||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Toshiro Mifune||Nominated|
- Princess from the Moon was the first film appearance for actress Megumi Odaka, who went on to portray Miki Saegusa in the Heisei Godzilla films, starting with Godzilla vs. Biollante two years later.
- Princess from the Moon was the last film for Teruyoshi Nakano, who served as the director of special effects for most of Toho's tokusatsu productions following Eiji Tsuburaya's death=. Nakano retired from directing following the film at the age of 52. Fittingly, Nakano and his staff won a Special Award at the 11th Japan Academy Awards for their work on the film.
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