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Princess Mononoke (1997)
"Mononoke-hime" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  12 July 1997 (Japan)
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On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

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Ashitaka (voice)
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Jigo (voice)
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Lady Eboshi (voice)
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Gonza (voice)
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San (voice)
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Kohroku (voice)
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Toki (voice)
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Moro (voice)
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Okkoto (voice)
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Additional voices (voice) (as Matt Miller)
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Additional voices (voice) (as Julia DeMita)
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Storyline

While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy. Written by Christopher Taguchi

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The Fate Of The World Rests On The Courage Of One Warrior. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for images of violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 2,400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$144,446 (USA) (29 October 1999)

Gross:

$2,298,191 (USA) (17 December 1999)
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Many speculate that various things featured in the upcoming Legend of Zelda title for Wii U are greatly inspired by this film. For example, in the first 10 minutes of the film, the clothes Ashitaka is wearing closely resemble both look and color pallete of Link's tunic. Ashitaka also uses the bow and arrow as his main weapon, which is also the weapon Link is assosiated with and happens to be one of the highlighted features shown in the Zelda U teaser, and game awards preview in 2014. Another example is the wooden observatory tower which is destroyed by the wild demon. It closely resembles a similar wooden tower with a ladder overlooking the land of Hyrule in the Zelda U teaser. Other similarities include the villager's hats, wild monsters/demons, and simply the vastness of the land, similar to the "open world" concept of Zelda Wii U. See more »

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When Ashitaka swims to Iron Town during the battle, there is a shot of the water. In the next shot there is a floating corpse not visible in the previous shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In ancient times, the land lay covered in forests, where, from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony, but as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed. Those that remained were guarded by gigantic beasts who owed their allegiances to the Great Forest Spirit. For those were the days of gods and of demons...
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Stunning and sharp (in any language)
11 January 1999 | by (NYC, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in Japan, in Japanese with no sub-titles, I don't speak a word of the language and I was still enthralled! It is Miyazaki most visually intense (surpassing, at long last, Nausicaa) and is alive with color and movement the like not yet seen in anime.

The story is complex, and after talking with Japanese friends, it is clear that much of it went over my head (particularly that relating to specific Japanese myths), but the important elements came through. Miyazaki's long infatuation with technology verses nature and man's relation to God (or gods) weave throughout the film as does his trend for strong women characters.

Even with the language barrier, the film is of such intense emotion that it caries you through to the end. The change in dynamic between the crashing fight scenes and the quiet scenes of healing by the lake is so broad and so well paced that I can't remember a film where my emotional state was so expertly varied.

If you have a chance to see this film, in any language, I recommend you do.


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