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Princess Mononoke

  • Drama
  • 2001
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • 128 mins
  • PG

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 Billy Crudup, Claire Danes and Gillian Anderson.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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, the English-language version of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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San, the Princess Mononoke Claire Danes
EboshiMinnie Driver
Moro Gillian Anderson
AshitakaBilly Crudup

Crew

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DirectorHayao Miyazaki

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum Releasing
Released on
2001-10-19
Language
Japanese
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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