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Princess Mononoke (1997)

Mononoke-hime (original title)
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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 / Narrator (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Kaya / Additional Voices (voice) (as Tara Charandoff)
Julia Fletcher ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Julia DeMita)
Hii-sama / Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)


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 by animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy. Written by Christopher Taguchi

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

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:

Princess Mononoke  »


Box Office


JPY 2,400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,446, 31 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mononoke means angry or vengeful spirit. Hime is the Japanese honorific word that means princess, which, in the rules of Japanese grammar, is placed after a person's name instead of before, as is the custom in many Western languages. When the film's title was translated into English, it was decided that Mononoke would be left as a name rather than translated literally. This also explains why Ashitaka mostly calls the princess by her real name 'San' instead of Mononoke. See more »


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 »


[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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The Tatara Women Work Song (Tatara Fumu Onnatachi)
Lyrics By Hayao Miyazaki
Music composed by Joe Hisaishi
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This film has "raised the bar" in the world of animation.
24 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I have seen many many animated features, but none compare to the talent that is shown in this anime. After seeing this for the first time, I could see why so many animators (especially disney animators) consider Mr. Miazaki a GOD! His animation style has the best "flowing motion" I have ever seen.

The American dubbing team, whoever they are did an excellent job picking voices, they got top notch actors to do the job right (unlike most animes today). They even took on the hair-pulling task of RE-ANIMATING the mouth movements to match!

This is by far one of the best films I have ever seen.

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