The Tale of Princess Kaguya (A Japanese folk tale)

There are many tales and stories for how people are, when they are either born on Earth, or born on the Moon. Not aliens, but for how many humans can be in their civilizations, and mystical worlds for how they can be. Which is why this Japanese folkloric tale, can show how one lady must appreciate on. And thanks to a Studio Ghibli masterpiece, and two anime movies related to that, it all makes sense.

Long ago, in Ancient Japan, an old bamboo cutter found three things hidden in a tree, in a bamboo forest. Clothing, gold coins, and an infant, at the size of his thumb. So by taking that stuff, he showed them to his wife. But for what they loved on more than anything in the entire world, was that infant, which is a baby girl. After that tiny infant grew to the size of a real infant, they raised her very well. Like how a real mother and father would do.

Years have passed, as they named her daughter, Kaguya. And she loved being in the countryside with her friends. But by the time her parents were very rich, they moved from the country, to the capitol. And they were like a king and queen, living in a big neighborhood. With their little princess at their side.

As five princes, ask for marriage on Princess Kaguya, she gave them a task. To find mystical objects, as to one who makes it first, will marry her. But they cheated as they never married her at all. So she stayed single. The Emperor of Japan wanted to marry her, but she refused. In fact, she had a secret that she couldn’t handle.

Her secret, was that she, Princess Kaguya, is a human…born on the Moon. She came from the Moon to learn how living on Earth can really be to her. But when her people from the Moon Kingdom, want her back immediately, she had to return very soon.

Her parents were very sad to see her leave, when it was time. The Moon Kingdom people found her, took her, and left the Earth when they erased her memories. Kaguya while leaving, loved the Earth as she said goodbye to her foster parents. And took a look at the Earth in tears one last time. Her parents were in tears too when they said goodbye also. Then they ill for a while, after her departure. By the time they got better, went onto a new life, back in the country from where they came.

Princess Kaguya, who came from the Moon and was born on Earth, loved on how her life there, was really meant for her.

Many centuries have passed, as this was told throughout those years. In Japan, and throughout the world. That was when years later, they made only a few movies of her. Two in anime that I trust on.

In the late 1990’s, when “Sailor Moon S the Movie: Hearts In Ice” showed, that legend of her was mentioned in that anime movie. When the astronomer would believe, Princess Kaguya was real. And how her legend was really meant for him on Earth. Unfortunately, a snow queen named Princess Snow Kaguya, took the name out of that legend, and began to freeze the entire Earth. That was when Sailor Moon, and the Sailor Scouts were to stop her. But as in a special way, they made their black cat Luna, to become a human for a short while. So Luna as a human, pretended to be Princess Kaguya as she carried the astronomer with her. By flying across the Earth, that astronomer will never forget that moment for as long as he lives.

It was the same again, for “InuYasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass” in 2004. When they mentioned her legend, as a villain took her name as her real name for a demon lady. Especially when she was controlling a mirror/glass castle.

Those two anime movies, have mentioned her name and legend, as those are related to her. In 2013, came her real tale, thanks to Studio Ghibli. In fact, that was Isao Takahata’s very final masterpiece, before his retirement.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in the Oscars, that anime movie showed her folk tale as it was a very emotional masterpiece that I appreciate on. I know it sure was too bad, it never won that Oscar award, for Best Animated Feature. But Isao Takahata would deserve that Oscar award anyway. He was so fond into that story, he loved it. With great art skills, and how he did it, it all makes sense to the tale of Princess Kaguya. GKids in fact, chose a really good US cast by making the English of it. And how it’s still a masterpiece to this day.

Kaguya really wanted to live on Earth a little longer, but she had to leave for her old home, which is the Moon. And how her people need her. Doesn’t really mean she and her people are aliens. They just live in a Moon Kingdom that no one has ever seen before. And assure to you one thing. Kaguya loves both the Moon and how life on Earth can be. And how this really meant for her. Especially when she misses her foster parents very much. But her parents never forget her. They just missed her a lot really.

And in conclusion, this Japanese folk tale shall never be forgotten. The same for Isao Takahata’s farewell masterpiece before his retirement. On how he really loved that story, and made into that a masterpiece. For that was very emotional, and with splendid artwork that I thank him very much on.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Studio Ghibli)

This was Isao Takahata’s very final masterpiece, before his retirement after Hayao Miyazaki. Nominated for an Acadamy Award for Best Animated Feature, this is based on a Japanese folk tale.

In fact, this has a great US cast. Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Oliver Platt, George Segal, James Marsden, John Cho, and Beau Bridges.

An old bamboo cutter, found a tiny child in a bamboo tree. Raising her together as newborn child, they loved her more than anything in the world. They named her, Kaguya. And by watching her grow up fast, she was learning to adapt well. Very emotional and thoughtful, this masterpiece was splendid.

Kaguya never married anyone, as she had to make a destiny in the end. When the time came, she will always love her mother and father who raised her on Earth.

10/10 stars on this emotional masterpiece that I agree to on. I know it sure was too bad, this never won that Oscar award for Best Animated Feature in the 87th Academy Awards. But Isao Takahata deserves an Oscar award for his Studio Ghibli masterpieces that he did.

Ali (2001)

Before boxer legend Muhammad Ali died in the summertime of 2016, this right here showed the movie of his legend. In fact, this was nominated for two Oscar awards. For Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. On Will Smith and Jon Voight.

Will Smith portrayed as Muhammad Ali. Greatest boxer in the world. With wit and athletic ideas, along on defiant rage and inner grace, he changed the American landscapes forever. What was terrible to hear were the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Back in the 1960’s, things were different for African Americans. And how normal white people were aware of them. That was when around 1964, the Mississippi Burning was on. When America was at war with itself. But this was more into boxing. 

During his time, Muhammad Ali fought serious boxers in this movie. Sonny Liston, George Foreman, and Joe Frazier. Two in America, and one in Africa. Everyone in Africa were cheering for him. 

Along with Will Smith and Jon Voight are Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mario Van Peebles, James Toney, and a cast of other African American actors. Except for one who did the movie ‘Blizzard’. For what he did was a failure on making a Christmas movie. 

After Muhammad Ali won the boxing match in Africa, he was married to a sexy girl named Sonji Roi. As they were happy together for many years. 

What was serious was how he was going in the U.S. Army for the Vietnam War, but he refused. He wouldn’t listen to a military soldier. He was court martialed as he was suspended from boxing for a while. He had to find a job, make money and make sure he is still in his religion. Until finally, he was back in business. 

So for a legend, on this famous boxer, 8/10 stars. 

On Your Mark (Studio Ghibli in English)

This right here, is the English version of that Studio Ghibli music video, ‘On Your Mark’. Really good. They did not say the words ‘On Your Mark’ like for what happened in the Japanese version, but I accept this version too.

Follows the same story line as always. Two guys saving the angel girl, aiding her well, and setting her free. From the bad guys that want to experiment on her.

With a success on this, 10/10 stars

Godzilla (1954 Japanese original)

Not the 1956 version of “Godzilla”, cause that’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”. But this right here, is the Japanese original. The very first.

Spoken in only Japanese, but with English subtitles, this is the very first original Japanese movie of Godzilla. The king of the monsters.

Nuclear radiation from an atomic bomb, unleashed this behemoth from the sea, from it’s long centuries-old sleep. And by running amok, by sea and by land, Godzilla destroyed everything in his path. By attacking Tokyo a few times, he crushed a train by his big feet, used his heat breath to take down giant power lines, using his atomic breath to attack many buildings, as well as using his teeth and long tail, to chew on power lines, and push away suspension bridges. Tokyo was in ruins for what he did. The Japanese military used everything they did. Artillery cannons, tanks, jets, machine guns and everything. Neither of them worked.

However, by a special Japanese eye-patched scientist, he made the ultimate weapon. He sacrificed himself to risk everything, as Godzilla was defeated in the sea. You can tell by the bones for how big his skeleton was.

So I’m giving this 10/10 stars.

Elizabeth Hartman (1943-1987)


This has been my favorite 1# actress, of all time since the days of my early childhood. I know it was terrible for the way she died, by committing suicide, but she gave me the greatest animated masterpiece of all time. And I thank her very much for that.

Elizabeth Hartman. A TV and movie actress. For she met Clint Eastwood, Don Bluth, Dom DeLuise, and Francis Ford Coppola. She was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, as well as an Oscar award. In a 1966 movie, she won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She accepted that. The same for Golden Laurel Award for New Faces, Female.

She was a great actress in her entire life. In 1982, when she met director and animator Don Bluth, working on MGM animated movies, (rather than you know what I hate the most), she got the very final movie was she was ever in. That greatest animated masterpiece of all time. “The Secret of NIMH”. Based on the book by Robert C. O’Brien, she was the voice of Mrs. Brisby. A widowed mouse, taking care of her mice children when her home was threatened by civilization. Especially the tractor scene which almost destroyed her home, close enough. So by finding a band of rats, and a mystical amulet, she was able to save her children.

She accepted that animated movie very well. And everyone loved her voice acting as Mrs. Brisby. Her character was well done drawn by Don Bluth, and acted really good. In fact, that animated movie only won a Saturn Award for Best Animated Film. But for as far as I found out about everything on her, she was suffering from depression really bad. She suffered from depression so bad, she committed suicide by jumping out of the window of her fifth floor apartment in 1987. Five years after ‘The Secret of NIMH’ was released on VHS. And after she died at age 43, she was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in her home town. Boardman, Ohio, USA. Her mother also who outlived her by 10 years, and was buried next to her.

She may have suffered from depression badly, but I thank this actress for her character, and how she did great in voice acting, in that animated masterpiece. Thanks to her and Don Bluth. Cause in the late 90’s, this happened to be my very first animated movie I ever saw as a newborn to this world. The same for those “Land Before Time” movies, “Balto” in 1995, the 1991 version of “The Little Engine That Could”, “The Wee Sing Train”, and “Timmy the Tooth” on ‘Timmy in Space’. Then came later for me, “Little Bear”, as well as “Beast Wars: Transformers” on VHS. Thirdly came “Thomas the Tank Engine”, and “Wallace and Gromit”. And finally, YTV and Teletoon. On how those glory days were amazing for me as a newcomer. Anime also, as I was in for amazing entertainment. And every day and night, I always dream of having adventures with them. Mrs. Brisby too.

So when people ask me, ‘Who’s your favorite actress?’, I’ll say her. Elizabeth Hartman. The kind woman who played Mrs. Brisby. In my very first animated movie as a newborn. “The Secret of NIMH”. From MGM.

The Karate Kid- Part II (1986)

In life, everyone has to pay a price. When they have to pay for what someone had done wrong. No matter what the cost. Which is this sequel was very interesting, to the classic movie of ‘The Karate Kid’. Ralph Macchio and Pat Mortia reprise their roles as Mr. Miyagi as well as Daniel LaRusso.

Six months after the first movie, Mr. Miyagi brought Daniel to his hometown. Okinawa, Japan, when they received a note from his dying father. So by seeing the sights of Okinawa, and returning to his home, Mr. Miyagi was able to give his farewell to his father, just before he died of old age. However, that was when things got serious. By running into a foe, he would fight him to a karate battle. If he refuses, he would lose everything. His garden and his entire house.

That was when good luck came. Daniel was able to crack some hard ice, and knowing some moves. But when a typhoon came, everything changed from bad to good.

So their fight ended, as that foe called in a truce. But his best student wanted to fight. As Daniel was able to defeat him. And to the way Okinawa, Japan was in the 1980’s, really amazing. The way they dance to their ceremony, as well as being close by the sea. So for a pass, 7/10 stars!!

The different types of Skull Island in the “King Kong” movies

This is the original Skull Island in the 1933 classic movie, of “King Kong”. The very original when Morgan Freeman saw this, when he was 6 years of age.


In the 70’s version, there wasn’t any map of that place. But right here, is the 3rd version of Skull Island, in the 2005 movie of “King Kong”, directed by Peter Jackson.

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And finally, the 2017 version of Skull Island in “Kong: Skull Island”.


Out of those three that I found, it makes a good difference. The first two are just long lost islands, deep in the fog, as the 2017 version here, looks like a skull to me. However, it can be deep behind some raging storms. That no sailor can ever get to. As for the 1933 version, the way it is called ‘Skull Island’ is because of the mountain, that looks like a skull. That is how they named it. The 2005 version was called ‘Skull Island’ was because of many skulls all around, that many people and creatures died on that island. And you should’ve seen the skulls that were in the 2017 version of that place, which is why they called it ‘Skull Island’.

Finally, in all versions including the 70’s versions, they can have it’s killer creatures. Dinosaurs, raptors, gigantic anaconda’s, the V-Rex’s, killer crocodiles, gigantic bugs, dino birds, a T-Rex, daddy long-legs, skull crawlers, a squid, water buffaloes, and Kong himself.

And not only that place is dangerous, but there can be one issue. On those maps, for it’s all true, there is a wall. The massive wall that the natives built, to keep away from the dangers of that place. And how they worship Kong as a god to them. Especially when they make sacrifices to give Kong for what he wants. A human bride.

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But for the way they are, horrifying and don’t care. Not even one bit. Which is why if they were all caught, one punishment that they would face like how we did in the 17th century.

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African slavery. Like how they ended up long ago. That is how we should do to those horrifying natives.


For the way that these natives are in those Kong movies, they would be captured, and taken away. As they are to be tortured, whipped, and they would no longer belong to the island. But belong to very powerful men like how our ancestors were. For the way they showed us, on what was wrong and what was right. In hard labor, working their asses off, and if some were caught in trouble, death by firing squad. Native children too. Mostly on both Africans and Asian natives like these guys are.

That would happen in a new Kong movie, after Kong would destroy a native village, and kill many islanders. But if there were any survivors, slavery it would be to them. Captured, and brutally tortured.

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And as for Kong, the 8th wonder of the world? It would take a whole army like how they are, to take on a gigantic ape beast. And for skull island? Nuclear capabilities by wiping out all life on that skull island. And make that island no longer be a part of the map, on this world. No matter how different that place is. In any version or so forth.

The Karate Kid (1984)

I prefer this original movie, than the 2010 remake with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. For this is legendary.

Ralph Macchio, Pat Mortia, and Elizabeth Shue, were together in this 1980’s masterpiece as doing karate the old fashioned way, is a very good thing. Not the way you would do in a serious martial arts class.

When a boy and his mom moved from New Jersey to California, L.A, they began to grow fond of their new life. For that boy met new friends, and was starting to like his school a bit. However, he ran into some serious teenagers including a girl’s ex-boyfriend, he got beaten up badly. But when he almost got into some trouble even more, he was luckily saved from a Japanese old fashioned martial arts master. He was from the island of Okinawa, Japan as he loved his country much more often.

And as his teacher, he was able to teach him martial arts the old fashion way. By doing ‘wax on, wax off’, ‘sand the floor’, ‘paint the house side to side’, and ‘up/down’, and etc, he was ready. And by entering a tournament, he was able to kick back that ex-boyfriend and his friends. He was the winner, and he was victorious.

On such a 1984 masterpiece, 8/10 stars.

Cats and Dogs & Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

In the beginning, God created beast and man. And made both of them equal. So both can live in friendship, in harmony and at peace. Even when they have creatures as pets. But as cats and dogs were born, they were new to the world too. As some can mostly like cats, some can mostly like dogs, and as some can like both cats and dogs.

But between these two animal pets, they are aware of each other, and have been rivals since the days of Ancient Egypt and so forth in time. That was when these two movies from Warner Bros. did them, from the early days of their Home Entertainment movies, to the year 2010 when everything change differently. cats and dogs in these movies, were super spies. And protect the humans from any danger there is, that may come to them.

In 2001, “Cats and Dogs” began when both were super spies. And how they have their secret battles against each other, away from the humans. Along the way, a beagle came to join as he was a renegade to the dogs. But to the cats, lead by a white Persian cat, from a far off mansion, his mission was to achieve a goal. Make humans be allergic to dogs than cats. So he almost did it. But the renegade beagle stopped him and survived. For he almost died by a big blast. And has become a secret agent when he was a full grown beagle years later.

For what happened was only the beginning. While Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins, Alexander Pollock and Miriam Margolyes were humans in that movie, the voice talents of the cats and dogs were a surprise. Tobey Maguire as the renegade beagle before he was Spider Man, Alec Baldwin as a dog partner before he was the third narrator for “Thomas the Tank Engine”, Sean Hayes as the white Persian cat villain, Jon Lovitz too as his sidekick, Charlton Heston for Dog HQ before he was in the Tim Burton movie of “Planet of the Apes”, Billy West and Joe Pantoliano also, and Michael Clarke Duncan as a sheepdog, since you’ve known him as John Coffey in “The Green Mile”.

Almost 10 years passed, as they forgot all about them. However, a sequel to that movie was out. James Bond style.

In 2010, was “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”. While the Persian villain cat was in Alcatraz prison, as a reference to “Silence of the Lambs”, a new cat villain came to town. She was once a cat agent, when she lost all of her fur at cosmetics factory, by falling into a tub of violet hair removal gel. That was a reference to the first Batman movie from director Tim Burton. But as she vowed revenge on the humans and dogs, she was like Mr. Bigglesworth from “Austin Powers”. Dr. Evil’s cat, as she was no longer a white cat. But a Sphinx cat. And her revenge, was a satellite and a satellite ray, to make dogs go insane by the signal. Cause when they go wild, they were to be locked in the kennels. Where no dog, can be loved ever again. And as years since the renegade beagle became an agent, and became the boss of dog HQ, they found a new dog renegade. A German Shepard as they hired him. By unlocking secrets, and what else that they might find, two dogs, and a pigeon ran into a cat agent. Who was after the secrets of Kitty Galore too. But it lead to no choice, but to these words that I knew since the 1990’s version of “Lord of the Flies” in the beginning…

“It doesn’t matter who’s in charge. We just gotta work together”.

So cats and dogs were to work together, as they had to stop this. Until finally, Kitty Galore was defeated, and was under the care of a magician now. Portrayed by Jack McBrayer. So from that day forward, their rivalry ended, as they would be sure to protect the humans as always. In this sequel, replacing some of the old cast from the first, was a surprise. James Marsden as the German Shepard, Christina Applegate as a grey cat, Roger Moore as a tabby cat since you’ve known him as James Bond, Neil Patrick Harris as the boss beagle, replacing Tobey Maguire, Michael Clarke Duncan as the sheepdog again from the first movie, Sean Hayes too as the white Persian cat at Alcatraz island, Wallace Shawn as his 2nd in command cat friend replacing Jon Lovitz, Bette Midler as Kitty Galore, Nick Nolte as that friend to the beagle who replaced Alec Baldwin, Katt Williams as a pigeon, Joe Pantoliano as that tech specialist again, J.K. Simmons as a K-9 agent, two more voice celebrities that happened to be in some Studio Ghibli movies, and finally….Phil LaMarr as a butt ugly robot, since he was Marvin in “Pulp Fiction” and Samurai Jack himself in that TV series of the same name. That and the new season in 2017.

For the humans in that sequel, Jack O’Donnell as a San Francisco cop since he was Robin in “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin”, Jack McBrayer as that magician, Paul Rodriguez as a mad bomber, Fred Armisen as a German worker at a satalite base, and a young actress who was in Studio Ghibli’s Oscar nominated movie, “When Marnie Was There”.

Cats and dogs can be aware of each other today. But in those two movies here, from Warner Bros, they can be super agents to protect the humans, since James Bond 007. Recommended for people of all ages. No matter how old or young they are. But as I look at both felines and canines, they can be friends at some point. Just as long as they don’t cause any trouble. For some of us can like either one or both.

So thanks to Warner Bros, recommended for all ages, no matter how old or young we are, I give both here 7 1/2 out of 10 stars.