Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Hayao Miyazaki (1997)

128min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
The highest-grossing Japanese film of all time is a luxuriously animated legend of ancient gods going head to head with mankind and industry over the balance of nature. Released through Disney offshoot Miramax in an English-language version, this boldly surrealistic and starkly experimental cartoon is beautifully drawn, using the inspiration of classic Japanese artwork, and drums home a modern ecological message with a feminist bias. Set in the 14th century, it's a complicated tale of cursed Prince Ashitaka condemned to roam the land looking for a way to lift the malediction that has given him various supernatural gifts. After encountering bloodthirsty samurai, corrupt priests, friendly sprites and the evil Lady Eboshi who owns a giant iron foundry, he joins forces with San, the Wolf Princess, to ensure capitalistic progress will not be won at the expense of the woodland creatures. Director Hayao Miyazaki expertly weaves Asian folklore and contemporary issues with breathtaking designs and colour palettes. The realisation of the Deer God as a psychedelic Godzilla is a masterstroke.

Summary

A young man develops a strange infection after an encounter with a demonic creature. As he sets out in search of a cure, he ends up trying to avert a war between the humans of a mining community and the spirits of the natural world, including a mysterious girl who was raised by wolves. Hayao Miyazaki's animated fantasy adventure, with the voices of Yoji Matsuda and Yuriko Ishida. In Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Director Hayao Miyazaki

Other Information

Language: JapaneseColourTheatrical distributor: Barbican / BVIGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Oct 2001
Drama