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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashitaka (voice)
Jigo (voice)
Lady Eboshi (voice)
Gonza (voice)
San (voice)
Kohroku (voice)
Toki (voice)
Moro (voice)
Okkoto (voice)
Additional voices (voice)
Additional voices (voice) (as Tara Charandoff)
Additional voices (voice)
Additional voices (voice) (as Matt Miller)
Marnie Mosiman ...
Additional voices (voice)
Julia Fletcher ...
Additional voices (voice) (as Julia DeMita)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 July 1997 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


JPY 2,400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,298,191 (USA) (17 December 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Contrary to what some may think, the English-language dialogue in the American version is not a direct translation from Japanese to English. One only has to turn on Literal Japanese-to-English translation subtitles on the region-1 DVD to see that dialogue was paraphrased into comfortable American English. See more »


When San receives the crystal dagger necklace from Ashitaka she ties it on and it is visibly separate from her wolf tooth necklace. A few moments later when she climbs onto the back of one of the wolves, the crystal dagger is part of the wolf teeth necklace and is not on a separate cord. Later in the movie the two necklaces are separate again. See more »


[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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A true work of art that takes animation to an entirely new level
1 February 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw Mononoke Hime on its USA release back in late December 1999 under its U.S. title Princess Mononoke. I had read quite a bit about this film and its director but was still totally overwhelmed by the beauty and brutality of this movie. The complexity of this movie is something never seen in the United States in an animated movie and even exceeds that of most live action movies as well. It combines love and hate, war and romance, nobility and deception in ways rarely seen in movies today. Lines of good and evil are anything but clear cut and in the end is hope but no guarantees, no promises. This is truly an adult movie but my children, ages 12 to 15 all loved it and talked about it for days later. Even my wife who holds a strong prejudice against Japanese animation enjoyed this movie.

Go and see this movie. You won't be disappointed.

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