Plot: After years of failed attempts to have a child, a couple finally conceives, but unable to afford proper medical care, the couple loses the child. This haunts both parents, as it seems like being poor was the only reason their beloved Kaya is dead, no easy pill to swallow. The husband, Taketori (Toshiro Mifune) is out one day to collect bamboo and visit Kaya’s grave, to pay his respects and grieve. But he notices a strange egg shaped object close to the grave and when he approaches it, a mysterious light shoots out and seems to focus on Kaya’s grave. Soon the egg hatches and a small child is revealed to be inside, so Taketori scoops up the newborn and brings it home. His wife believes the child to be Kaya, so the couple adopts the child and Taketori is able to sell the egg fragments, earning a handsome income. But could this really be Kaya or is there some kind of unknown phenomenon at work here?
Entertainment Value: This is a strange one, a period piece that involves aliens, a sea dragon, and of course, Peter Cetera. The narrative is based on a well known Japanese folktale, but drifts off the established course at times. The movie also seems to take some cues from Close Encounters, but to me, that just adds more wackiness and that is always welcome. Princess from the Moon starts off with a mysterious egg that hatches a human child, then we watch as this blue eyed, obviously not your run of the mill kid grows up, but after that, things settle down a lot. The pace becomes more deliberate and the focus shifts to dialogue and relationship dynamics, as various suitors engage quests to win the princess’ hand. While the movie can feel slow at times, I was never bored and bursts of kinetic scenes are thrown in often. A little swordplay, some monster movie thrills, some sci/fi elements, more than enough to ensure your interest is held, even if the talkier sections don’t win you over. I’m sure some won’t appreciate the genre mash up the movie presents or the slower stretches, but I found Princess from the Moon to be a strange, well worthwhile picture.
No nakedness. The movie has no sexual content, so the lack of sleaze is never an issue in the least. No blood. A little action peeks in at times, including a fun sword battle break, but not much. The blades don’t cause bloodshed, but it is a fun diversion and while not exactly action scenes, there are other more energetic sequences that break up the dialogue heavy stretches as well. The tone here is serious in most scenes, but we have some fun snark at times and some unintentionally humorous moments. Just don’t expect a whirlwind of wild banter, as the movie is mostly serious and while a little campy, that is found more in the situations, not the dialogue itself. On the craziness scale, this movie puts out some odd content, to be sure. The alien thread is fun and takes some wild turns, the sea dragon element is a little strange, otherworldly powers surface, and we have Peter Cetera singing over the end credits. The movie also just has kind of a oddball vibe most of the time, so this is a quirky one, without question.
Overall Insanity: 5/10