Episode 34: Princess Raccoon

Princess Raccoon

Delightfully WTF

This week, Jazzhandians, your hosts dive into completely unknown territory: a Japanese musical! Seijun Suzuki’s PRINCESS RACCOON.

Based on Japanese folklore, but mostly just coming from Suzuki’s highly visual, stylized, rather bonkers brain – PRINCESS RACCOON has a variety of musical styles, gorgeous (and mind-bending) costumes, and at its heart a love story.

If our commentary strikes you as scattershot and disorganized, it’s probably partially our ignorance of the original Japanese tales, but also Suzuki’s own storytelling style.

Bonkers, hard to decipher – yes. But still very much worth the watch.

#ymmv  (fo sho)

Operetta tanuki goten (2005)
Operetta tanuki goten poster Rating: 6.5/10 (812 votes)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
Writer: Yoshio Urasawa
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Joe Odagiri, Hiroko Yakushimaru
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Released: 28 May 2005
Plot: Amechiyo (The banished prince) falls in love with Tanukihime (a princess of raccoon dog disguised to human). This is an Operetta which includes comedy, singing and dancing, and a love story.

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