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Princess Mononoke
     

Princess Mononoke

4.8 163
Director: Hayao Miyazaki,

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka

 

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This $20 million animated adventure/fantasy quickly became the highest grossing Japanese film in Japanese film history (making $150 million in Japan during its first seven months). Set in the 14th century, the ecology-themed epic was directed by Hayao Miyazaki whose previous films were acquired by Disney for U.S. distribution plus other territories. Princess

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This $20 million animated adventure/fantasy quickly became the highest grossing Japanese film in Japanese film history (making $150 million in Japan during its first seven months). Set in the 14th century, the ecology-themed epic was directed by Hayao Miyazaki whose previous films were acquired by Disney for U.S. distribution plus other territories. Princess Mononoke depicts a mystical battle between Animal Gods of the forest and humans during Japan's Muromachi Period. Young Ashitaka receives a fatal infection after a demonic wild boar attacks his northern village. Seeking a cure, he sets out to locate the deer-like god Shishigami. Along the way, he sees the rape of the Earth by a mining village. The constant plundering by the village has brought the wrath of the Wolf God, Moro, who attacks the village along with San, a human who was raised by the wolf god. She communicates with the nature spirits -- which is why she is called Princess Mononoke ("spirits of things"). Ashitaka wants these opposing forces to co-exist, and he hopes to bring peace between San and the ironworks owner, Lady Eboshi. However, he is thwarted as higher powers, intent on killing the Shishigama, intrude, and a battle erupts over the future of all nature.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Arguably the magnum opus of artist/director Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke embodies all the qualities associated with the distinctive style of Japanese animation. Like much of Japanese anime, Princess Mononoke takes place in a dreamlike setting where mysticism and reality collide -- violently. Seeking a cure for the curse that afflicts him, young Ashitaka travels to a magical wilderness and is caught up in the struggle between the spirits of the forest and human miners equipped with powerful weapons. Yet even the perils of war can't keep Ashitaka from falling in love with the beautiful princess San, for whom destiny has grand plans. The English-language version of the film utilizes the vocal talents of actors Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, and Minnie Driver. Epic in scope, dynamic in execution, Princess Mononoke is an animated treasure that won't be easily forgotten.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The epic film effort of director Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, Princess Mononoke preserves the director's spirit of humanism while succeeding as a daring action-adventure. Though it contains more violence than his earlier works, it expands on his frequent ecological themes without falling into the black-and-white polarity of good guys versus the bad guys. Humans, animals, and gods have reached a point where they cannot live in harmony, and each faction -- be it lepers, wild boars, or forest spirits -- is warranted some dignity. Based on drawings of ancient forests, the scenery is breathtaking, being the first of Miyazaki's films to utilize computer-generated animation, although the bulk is still, thankfully, drawn by hand. Once the highest grossing film in Japan (before being surpassed by Titanic and later Miyazaki's own Spirited Away), Princess Mononoke was dubbed into English and distributed by Miramax. Fortunately, the raging forest battle does not get a sentimentalized treatment from the U.S. company. Rather than stock Disney-anthropomorphized animals, the forest creatures are represented with a variety of sincerity, compassion, and ferocity. The plight of the animals and forest gods rarely resorts to a simple moral explanation, and the central romance is not written off with a happily ever after. What Princess Mononoke does have is a beautifully rendered mythical forest inhabited by inventive creatures, while evoking as much rousing adventure as a sense of wonder.
New York Times
This exotically beautiful action film features gods and demons locked in a struggle for the future of the unspoiled forest.... Frequent battle scenes, graphic enough to make a sharp distinction between Princess Mononoke and animation made for children...are often breathtakingly rendered, but it is the film's stirring use of nature, myth and history that make it so special. Janet Maslin

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2014
UPC:
4891670637018
Original Release:
1997
Source:
Imports

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Princess Mononoke 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
Sykil More than 1 year ago
In the running for the title of Miyazaki's greatest film are Spirited Away and the slightly lesser known Princess Mononoke. Though, odds are that if you've heard of one, you've heard of the other. Although Princess Mononoke is less subtle and maybe less nuanced, there's a definite larger emphasis on character development and interplay that make it just as interesting of a film, but for different reasons. There's no reason to choose one over the other; both are necessary watching for anime fans or newcomers. Oh, and the soundtrack is incredible.
Henzaru More than 1 year ago
This is the first Miyazaki movie I ever saw. I remember thinking it was the coolest thing ever. I especially remember the decapitation scene at the beginning of the movie changing my expectations for the film. This is a great story about the balance between man and nature. The animation is amazing and intense. A must have for Miyazaki fans.
mmc_manhattan_nyc More than 1 year ago
This movie had great meaning behind, which makes this movie so enjoyable.
hanabi33 More than 1 year ago
I can watch it over an over again. Different from american animation in the aspect of a slightly darker plot and ending. I have only ever watched this movie in Japanese to practice so I don't know what the English version is like, but I love the Japanese one.
Speedie More than 1 year ago
Family entertaining. Excellent Movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word: stunning. This movie is so many different kinds of amazing. The storyline is amazing, the characters are amazing, the drawing is amazing, the animation is amazing, the...need I go on? Basically, this is hands-down one of the best movies I have ever seen. I was blown away. BUY THIS. Trust me, you won't regret it.
Reader_of_the_Valley More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie again and again, and it never ceases to amaze me. Many a many times it has awed me into silence. By the end, it seems you were not watching a movie but living it instead from the eyes of a bystander, no different from the characters. It is, without a doubt, animated heaven. With realistic imagery, that is so detailed it is near the impossible that this is fake. That all this came together by a brilliant crew and a unique idea. It was a vision, a vision that was made real. A vision that has inspired many and enchanted the rest. With a sensational plot and out-of-this-world graphics, Princess Mononoke is total bliss, from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite animes next to Inuyasha and Full Metal Alchemist. This is the story about a man who is cursed by a demon and sets out to rid the curse before it consumes him. Along way the way he meets the legendary title character and other faces along the way thus in the middle of a long hard conflict between the princess of the forest and the villagers below.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
Princess Mononoke is an enjoyable anime film that involves how a young boy’s life is changed once a negative spirit inhabits a large boor and creates chaos in his home village. The young boy named Ashitaka is left with a situation that endangers his life and he ends up crossing paths with a perplexing young woman named San who enchants him with her beauty and who was raised by wolves. Both San and Ashitake end up seeing a lot, such as a forest spirit who has the gift of bringing great healing and saving a living being from dying if the spirit sees that they are meant to live. I’m fortunate to have first watched Princess Mononoke with my husband when we were living in the Jacksonville Florida area (through the U.S. navy).
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SebbzSebbySebas20 More than 1 year ago
Great Great Great Movie. I've watched it about 20 times and it never gets old. A must have! =]
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I was watching t.v., flippen thru the channels, when I saw a cartoon movie, which doesn't happen much. So I started watching it and the animation overwhelmed me. Im not shure how long it was but every time I thought I was over, it continued on even better than before! It suprised me how good it was compared to any other movie I have ever seen! This movie is the best since ummmm, well anything!!!