Log Post #1 of 4
From: warpio | Posted: 11/16/2015 02:59:00 PMUpdated: 8/01/2017 05:44:57 PM
|This movie is ... pure beauty...|
Summary part 1:
A girl born from a mystical bamboo tree... a bamboo cutter receives this forest spirit girl, as well as lots of gold and sacred-looking princess cloths from some glowing bamboo trees... the girl appeared to this man as a tiny beautiful princess, as shown in the cover... but then after he brought her home she transformed into a normal baby... except this baby grew extremely fast... she became friends with the local wood smith's children and played in the forest carefree, until her adopted parents decided it was time for her to move to a mansion in the capital and become a princess like how the dad first saw her as.
She doesn't like the strict boring life of a noble, and at her coming-of-age party where the dad introduced her to everyone behind a curtain (they weren't allowed to see her, but she could see all of them through her side of the curtain... some really weird tradition in that era I guess), she hears some other nobles making fun of her, wondering if she's even a real princess... She runs away back to the forest where she grew up, but the forest seems dead now compared to before. some stranger explains to her that it'll be winter soon... and that it won't be that lively again until spring. from then on she submits to her new strict lifestyle and becomes a proper princess.
Five noble rich men hear about her, and they all propose to her without having seen her face... they each describe a rare precious treasure they found that they compare her to. The girl then says she will make her decision only when they each bring her this "treasure" that they cherish so much...
Then I will be able to see in your heart... how you treasure me.The dad commented that these treasures were just figures of speech, and they may not even exist... but she still is determined to see one of these treasures. The men all leave, some of them thinking this girl is now unattainable... but they want her even more now after hearing her voice and music... suddenly she takes her makeup off and becomes her normal self again, and asks to go out to see the spring sakura trees.
It's almost like... this girl who was born from the woods... hibernated as a noble princess through the dead seasons... she gets her mom to take her out to see the cherry blossoms... the girl sees spring back in full bloom... now she has transformed fully back into her old, happy self... just like the trees and and nature becoming beautiful again in the spring... She dances under the cherry tree, and in that moment, she remembers her earlier happy days as if they were still happening right now... a baby pops out of the tree... er no I think that's just the baby of the family there that she bumped into? that event somehow got her back into her strict princess guise...
Later, one of her old friends from back in the woods who she couldn't find again after moving to the capital... comes running toward her... earlier in the "growing up" part of the movie... she went out farm-lifting with this guy... she trusts him more than anyone and calls out to her, ruining her "princess guise"... the others force her to go back as she cries and watches the guys he stole a chicken from beat him up.
It's like her mom (and dad? and maybe one of her caretakers?) are the only ones she still feels comfortable being her old self around... but then spring comes and she runs around outside to become her old self again, at least temporarily, until the reality of her adulthood pulls her away... then she watches her childhood best friend suffer as she is unable to help... that's the one other person... she knows how to be her normal self around...
I think when she caught that baby dancing under the sakura tree... in that brief period she remembered being held as a baby when the parents first brought her out for a walk in the woods. she grew up there and went for walks with her friends all the time...