Princess Raccoon

Princess Raccoon

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Overview

Princess Raccoon

Veteran director Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) takes a new direction with the colorful operetta-fairy tale, Princess Raccoon. When Azuchi Momoyama (Mikijiro Hira), the master of Grace Castle, is told by his soothsayer, Virgen the Old Maid (Saori Yuki) that his son, Amechiyo (Joe Odagiri), will soon usurp his place as "the fairest of them all," the king decides to banish the young man to Karasu Mountain, where the shape-shifting tanuki demons (raccoon-like canines native to Japan) live. Dropped at the mountain, Amechiyo is greeted by the beautiful Tanukihime (Zhang Ziyi), who speaks a strange language (Mandarin), and whom he soon learns is the ruler of Tanuki Palace. Amid colorful painted backdrops, lavish costumes, and eclectic musical numbers, the two fall into a forbidden and dangerous romance. After they frolic in the woods, Amechiyo is taken prisoner by tanuki, but Tanukihime's hand maidens, recognizing the princess' love for him, arrange for his escape. Azuchi is determined to end his son's life, however, and even Hagi (Hiroko Yakushimaru), Tanukihime's loyal henchwoman, is determined to separate the lovers, presumably to ensure the princess' safety. Princess Raccoon was shown at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival before having its North American Premiere at the 2005 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by Subway Cinema.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2007
UPC: 4890391107770
Original Release: 2005
Source: Mei Ah
Region Code: 0
Sales rank: 92,981

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ziyi Zhang Tanuki-hime, "Princess Raccoon"
Jô Odagiri Prince Amechiyo
Hiroko Yakushimaru Hagi
Mikijiro Hira Azuchi Momoyama
Saori Yuki Biruzen Baba
Hibari Misora Actor
Gentarou Takahashi Actor
Taro Yamamoto Actor
Eisuke Sasai Actor
Miwako Ichikawa Actor
Papaya Suzuki Actor

Technical Credits
Seijun Suzuki Director
Norifumi Ataka Art Director
Sachiko Ito Costumes/Costume Designer
Noboyuki Ito Editor
Ikki Katashima Producer
Takeo Kimura Production Designer
Yonezo Maeda Cinematographer
Satoru Ogura Producer
Michiru Oshima Score Composer
Sawako Ozu Casting
Ryomei Shirai Score Composer
Ken Suenaga Asst. Director
Mitsuko Takizawa Choreography
Nobuyuki Tohya Executive Producer
Isao Tsuge Makeup
Yoshio Urasawa Screenwriter

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