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Release Date:
12 July 1997 (Japan) See more »
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Live on. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Enthralling and Artistic See more (576 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Billy Crudup ... Ashitaka (voice: English version)

Billy Bob Thornton ... Jigo (voice: English version)

Minnie Driver ... Lady Eboshi (voice: English version)

John DiMaggio ... Gonza (voice: English version)

Claire Danes ... San (voice: English version)

John DeMita ... Kohroku (voice: English version)

Jada Pinkett Smith ... Toki (voice: English version)

Gillian Anderson ... Moro (voice: English version)

Keith David ... Okkoto / Narrator (voice: English version)

Corey Burton ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Tara Strong ... Kaya / Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Tara Charandoff)

Sherry Lynn ... Woman in Iron Town / Emishi Village Girl / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Matt K. Miller ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Matt Miller)
Marnie Mosiman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Julia Fletcher ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Julia DeMita)

Tress MacNeille ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Debi Derryberry ... Hii-sama / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Matt McKenzie ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Michael McShane ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Alex Fernandez ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Adam Paul ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Jack Fletcher ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
David Rasner ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Pat Fraley ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Patrick Fraley)

Dwight Schultz ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

John Hostetter ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Pamela Adlon ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Pamela Segall)
John Rafter Lee ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
K.T. Vogt ... Woman in Iron Town / Tatara Women's Song / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eriko Ando ... (voice)
Yoshiaki Arai ... (voice)

Lewis Arquette ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jennifer Cihi ... Tatara Women's Song (voice: English version)

Takako Fuji ... Woman in Iron Town (voice)
Naoya Fujimaki ... (voice)
Kota Fukazawa ... (voice)
Daigo Fukunaga ... (voice)
Nobuyoshi Harada ... (voice)
Shigeto Ho ... (voice)
Kei Iinuma ... (voice)
Kiho Iinuma ... (voice)
Yuriko Ishida ... San / Mononoke-Hime / Kaya (voice)
Leslie Ishii ... Tatara Women's Song (voice: English version)
Fumi Kakuta ... (voice)
Tsunehiko Kamijô ... Gonza (voice)
Yuko Kashima ... (voice)
Eiji Kato ... (voice)
Yayoi Kazuki ... (voice)

Kaoru Kobayashi ... Jiko-bô (voice)
Kazuya Kobayashi ... (voice)
Yoshimasa Kondô ... Usi-kai (voice)
Tomikazu Kuwabara ... (voice)
Yoshiaki Masuda ... (voice)
Yôji Matsuda ... Ashitaka (voice)
Yûki Matsuda ... (voice) (as Takehiro Matsuda)
Takashi Matsuyama ... (voice)
Akihiro Miwa ... Moro-no-kimi (voice)
Shigenobu Miyake ... (voice)
Mitsuko Mori ... Hii-sama (voice)
Hisaya Morishige ... Okkoto-nusi (voice)
Kazuyo Murata ... (voice)
Akira Nagoya ... Usi-kai (voice)
Katsutoshi Nagura ... (voice)
Akio Nakamura ... (voice)
Miyuki Nikaido ... (voice)
Masahiko Nishimura ... Kouroku (voice)
Hiroki Ochi ... (voice)
Nobuhisa Okazaki ... (voice)
Tetsuo Omi ... (voice)
Ryota Ono ... (voice)
Denise Poirier ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kimihiro Reizei ... Jibashiri (voice)
Shirô Saitô ... (voice)
Akira Sakamoto ... (voice)
Shinobu Sakashita ... (voice)
Mitsuru Satô ... Tatari-gami (voice)
Masahiko Seno ... (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Toki (voice)
Daikichi Sugawara ... (voice)
Kazue Sugiura ... (voice)
Toshio Suzuki ... (voice)
Riri Tajima ... (voice)
Saori Takatsuki ... (voice)
Yûko Tanaka ... Eboshi-gozen (voice)
Kenji Tashiro ... (voice)
Shinji Tokumaru ... (voice)
Akihiko Tonosaki ... (voice)
Keiko Tsukamoto ... (voice)
Kazuyo Uekusa ... (voice)
Fumio Ukibe ... (voice)
Shinichi Watanabe ... (voice)
Tetsu Watanabe ... Yama-inu (voice)
Ikuko Yamamoto ... (voice)
Michiko Yamamoto ... (voice)
Kinu Yoshimi ... (voice)
Akiko Yoshioka ... (voice)
Jessica Lynn ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Tatara Women's Song (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
 
Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (written by)

Neil Gaiman  adapted by: English version (uncredited)

Produced by
Scott Martin .... executive producer (english language version)
Yutaka Narita .... executive producer
Seiji Okuda .... associate producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Diana Tauder .... associate producer (english language version)
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... chief executive producer
Seiichirô Ujiie .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer (english language version)
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer (english language version)
Takahiro Yonezawa .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
 
Cinematography by
Atsushi Okui 
 
Film Editing by
Hayao Miyazaki 
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Art Direction by
Satoshi Kuroda 
Kazuo Oga 
Yôji Takeshige 
Naoya Tanaka 
Nizô Yamamoto  (as Nizou Yamamoto)
 
Production Management
David B. Baron .... production assistant: english version
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Aritomi .... assistant director
Masakatsu Ishizone .... assistant director
Hiroyuki Ito .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tsutomu Asakura .... sound mix assistant
Dan Edelstein .... foley editor: US version
Mutsy Erskine .... adr editor (english version)
Masahiro Fukuhara .... sound recording assistant
Nobutaka Hirooka .... dialogue recordist
Kazuhiko Ikai .... sound effects production support
Tatsuya Ikeba .... dialogue recordist
Shuji Inoue .... sound recording mixer
Takahisa Ishino .... sound effects assistant
Michihiro Itô .... sound effects (as Muchihiro Ito)
Mitsuharu Kanei .... dialogue recordist
Takao Kato .... sound effects compilation support
Val Kuklowsky .... adr editor
Eric Lewis .... assistant adr engineer: English dialogue
Rie Nishijima .... dialogue recordist
Warren Shaw .... sound effects editor
Ernie Sheesley .... dialogue recordist
Tsukuru Takagi .... sound mix assistant
Dominick Tavella .... re-recording mixer
Shigeru Tokida .... sound effects production support
James Twomey .... re-recording mixer
Makoto Uchida .... sound mix assistant
Garry Ulmer .... dialogue recording mixer
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... sound
Motoi Watanabe .... sound effects production support
Tsunahiro Yamamura .... sound effects compilation support
Yuki Yasoshima .... dialogue recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Yoshikazu Fukutome .... special art effects
Tomoji Hashizume .... special effects animator
Masafumi Inoue .... computer graphics
Mitsunori Katâma .... computer graphics
Yoshiyuki Momose .... computer graphics
Masahiro Murakami .... special effects animator
Toyohiko Sakakibara .... special effects animator
Yoshinori Sugano .... computer graphics
Kunji Tanifuji .... special effects animator (as Kaoru Tanifuji)
Kumiko Taniguchi .... special effects animator
Michael Arias .... software development (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tamaki Kojo .... animation camera operator
Atsushi Okui .... animation camera supervisor
Wataru Takahashi .... animation camera operator
Junji Yubata .... animation camera operator (as Junji Yabuta in English credits)
 
Animation Department
Akihiko Adachi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Akiko Aihara .... ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Sigeko Akanuma .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Masashi Ando .... supervising animator
Kaori Anmi .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Naomi Anzai .... ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Sadayuki Arai .... background artist
Yoriko Asai .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Naomi Atsuta .... ink and paint artist
Tsutomu Awata .... key animator
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Reiko Daigo .... ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
David Encinas .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Masaaki Endo .... key animator
Kiyomi Fujihashi .... ink and paint artist: Toei Animation
Kaori Fujii .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Masayo Fujikura .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Maya Fujimori .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Sachiko Funasaki .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Hiromi Furuya .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Sumiko Furuya .... ink and paint artist: Toei Animation
Makiko Futaki .... key animator
Keiko Goto .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Chiharu Haraguchi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Chie Harai .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Kimiko Hatano .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Keiichiro Hattori .... digital ink and paint artist
Yoshie Hayashi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kazuhiro Hirabayashi .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Sayaka Hirahara .... background artist
Kazuko Hirai .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Mari Hitokurai .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Yoshiko Igarashi .... ink and paint artist: Toei Animation
Natsuko Iimori .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Takeshi Imamura .... key animator
Ryôko Ina .... background artist (as Ryouko Ina)
Mihoko Irie .... ink and paint artist: Toei Animation
Michiyo Iseda .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Megumi Ishido .... digital ink and paint artist: Takahashi Production/T2 Studio
Shizuka Ishiguro .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Hiroaki Ishii .... digital ink and paint artist
Eriko Ishikawa .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Kaori Ishikawa .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy (as Kaori Ishidawa in English credits)
Shin Itagaki .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Toshiko Iwakiri .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Emiko Iwayanagi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Megumi Kagawa .... key animator
Yukiko Kakita .... digital ink and paint artist: Takahashi Production/T2 Studio
Yoshinori Kanada .... key animator
Junko Kanauchi .... ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Naomi Kasugai .... background artist
Yuriko Katayama .... ink and paint artist
Manabu Kawada .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Toshio Kawaguchi .... key animator
Hana Kikuchi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Yumiko Kimura .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Yumiko Kitajima .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kazuo Kobayashi .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Sachiko Kobayashi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Atsushi Kodama .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Komasa .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Rie Kondou .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Katsuya Kondô .... key animator
Yoshifumi Kondô .... supervising animator
Ken'ichi Konishi .... key animator
Yuriko Kudo .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Misuzu Kurata .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kazuko Kurosawa .... ink and paint artist: Toei Animation
Ikuo Kuwana .... key animator
Kitarô Kôsaka .... supervising animator (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Kinuyo Maehara .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Kiyoko Makita .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Reiko Mano .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Mariko Matsuo .... key animator
Megumi Matsuo .... ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Masaru Matsuse .... key animator
Atsuko Matsushita .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Michio Mihara .... key animator
Hiroko Minowa .... key animator
Junko Miyakawa .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Chiemi Miyamoto .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Chiyomi Morisawa .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Kaoru Morita .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Noriko Moritomo .... key animator
Emiko Motohashi .... ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Yuki Murata .... digital ink and paint artist: Takahashi Production/T2 Studio
Shinobu Môri .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film (as Shinobu Mori)
Hisashi Nabetani .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Kyouko Naganawa .... background artist
Junko Nagaoka .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Sayuri Nagashima .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Yoko Nagashima .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kaoru Nakagama .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Rie Nakagome .... animation checker
Keiko Nakaji .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Katsutoshi Nakamura .... animation checker
Daisuke Nakayama .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Rie Niidome .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Sumie Nishido .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Hiromi Nishikawa .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Toyomi Nishimura .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Yoshimi Nishiwaki .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Takehiro Noda .... key animator
Minori Noguchi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Yukie Nomura .... ink and paint artist
Fumiko Oda .... ink and paint artist
Noriko Odaka .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Mayumi Ohmura .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kumiko Ohta .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kimiyo Okunishi .... ink and paint artist: Toei Animation
Akiko Ono .... ink and paint artist
Kazuyoshi Onoda .... animation checker
Masako Osada .... background artist
Masako Osumi .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Makiko Ota .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Kazumi Ouchi .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Mito Ozaki .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Hisae Saitô .... background artist (as Hisae Saito)
Masaya Saitô .... animation checker
Masako Sakano .... clean-up and inbetween artist
Sonoe Sakano .... ink and paint artist: Toei Animation
Yukie Sako .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Hiroaki Sasaki .... background artist
Keiko Sasaki .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Shinsaku Sasaki .... key animator
Keiko Sato .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Makiko Sato .... digital ink and paint artist
Kuri Sawa .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Eriko Shibata .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kazuko Shibata .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Ritsuko Shiina .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Miyoko Shikibu .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Hiroshi Shimizu .... key animator
Mariko Shimizu .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Rie Shimizu .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Yumiko Shimoe .... digital ink and paint artist: Takahashi Production/T2 Studio
Masako Shinohara .... key animator
Akira Sugino .... digital ink and paint artist
Sachiko Sugino .... key animator
Wakako Sugiyama .... ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Eiichi Suzuki .... ink and paint artist
Makiko Suzuki .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Mariko Suzuki .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Fumiko Taira .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Sayuri Takagi .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Kanako Takahashi .... digital ink and paint artist: Takahashi Production/T2 Studio
Naomi Takahashi .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Atsushi Tamura .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Seiki Tamura .... background artist
Masae Tanabe .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Atsuko Tanaka .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Jun'ichi Taniguchi .... background artist
Kumiko Tanihira .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Tomomi Tenma .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Akiko Teshima .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Hiroko Tetsuka .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Tae Tochihara .... ink and paint artist: IM Studio
Yoko Toju .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Yoyoi Toki .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Masae Tomino .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Keiko Tomizawa .... inbetween animator
Tomoko Totsuka .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Hiromi Tsuchiya .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Shinobu Tsunegi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kazuko Tsunoda .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Kôjirô Tsuruoka .... inbetween/clean-up artist (as Koujirou Tsuraoka)
Akihiko Uda .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Mineko Ueda .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Kazue Urayama .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Keiko Watanabe .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Natsuko Watanabe .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Nobuko Watanabe .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Alexandra Weihrauch .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Hisako Yaji .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Kaori Yajima .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Kazuko Yamada .... ink and paint artist
Ken'ichi Yamada .... key animator
Tamami Yamada .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Eiji Yamamori .... key animator
Mayumi Yamamoto .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Tomoko Yamamoto .... ink and paint artist: Telecom Animation Film
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Morihiko Yano .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Michiyo Yasuda .... color designer
Hiroko Yasutome .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Mayu Yazawa .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Hiromasa Yonebayashi .... inbetween/clean-up artist
Ken'ichi Yoshida .... key animator
Miyoko Yoshida .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Noboru Yoshida .... background artist
Hideaki Yoshio .... key animator
Keiko Yozawa .... inbetween/clean-up artist: Telecom Animation Film
Tatsumi Yukiwaki .... ink and paint artist: trace machine: Studio Killy
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
Atsuko Ôtani .... key animator
 
Casting Department
Jack Fletcher .... casting: English voices
 
Editorial Department
Benu Bhargara .... apprentice editor: english version
Masayo Iseki .... color key
Naomi Mori .... color key
Kanako Moriya .... color key
 
Music Department
Kenji Furukawa .... music recordist
Joe Hisaishi .... music arranger
Joe Hisaishi .... musician: piano solos
Kazumi Inaki .... music production
Hiroya Ishihara .... music recordist
Hiroshi Kumagai .... conductor
Yoshikazu Mera .... singer: countertenor
Makoto Morimoto .... music mixer
Masayoshi Okawa .... music mixer
Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Toru Takigawa .... music production
Yukio Yamashita .... music production
Joe Hisaishi .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steve Alpert .... overseas promotion (as Stephen Alpert)
Mutsy Erskine .... adr engineer (english version)
Jack Fletcher .... voice director: English version
Neil Gaiman .... script adaptor: English version
Keiji Hamada .... overseas promotion
Akio Ichimura .... production committee: Studio Ghibli
Kenji Imura .... production assistant
Haruyo Moriyoshi .... overseas promotion
Minako Nagasawa .... public relations
Koji Otsuka .... production assistant
Tara Strong .... additional voices
Kin'ichirô Suzuki .... production assistant
Tamami Yamamoto .... public relations
 
Thanks
Todd Olsson .... special thanks
Osamu Tezuka .... dedicatee
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mononoke-hime" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for images of violence and gore
Runtime:
134 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (English-language version) | Dolby
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:14 (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-7 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (w) | Hong Kong:IIA | Hungary:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 (Eirin #114984) | Malaysia:U | Mexico:B | New Zealand:PG | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Spain:7 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:TV-14 (TV version) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #36578)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Hayao Miyazaki personally corrected or redrew more than 80,000 of the film's 144,000 animation cels.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While Eboshi and Jigo are speaking to each other in Irontown, Captain Gonza is seen standing directly behind Eboshi. The next scene shows a close-up of Jigo. The scene after that pans back to Eboshi and shows Gonza has been replaced with a man in a hat.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
San, The Princess Mononoke:Go away.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Reign Over Me (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Tatara Women Work Song (Tatara Fumu Onnatachi)See more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Enthralling and Artistic, 7 January 2006
Author: morphion2 from Australia

Studio Ghibli has been Japan's leading anime Production Company since the 1980's, when legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki released his first feature film "Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind" (1984). From the very beginning, it was clear that the Japanese director had a fantastic flair for animated film, and the uncanny ability to engross his audiences beyond the normal movie-experience that makes him the King of Escapism. Over ten years later, it seems that Miyazaki is still just as good, if not better, as he invites the world into his latest visionary fantasy, the cult classic "Princess Mononoke".

The film is set in Japan, during the Muromachi Era, and begins in the quiet peaceful township of the Emishi tribe, when young Prince Ashitaka (Yôji Matsuda), the last of the Emishi royalty, is wounded slaying a demon in an unexpected attack. When the tribe's wise-woman tells Ashitaka that the wound is a curse of hatred that will eventually kill him, he sets out on a journey to the west to discover the origins of the demon. What he finds is a war being waged between the villagers of Iron town, an industrious Iron-works fort led by the ruthless Lady Eboshi (Yûko Tanaka), and the beasts of the forest, represented by the beautiful Princess Mononoke (Yuriko Ishida), a human girl raised by wolves, with whom the cursed prince falls in love. Soon Ashitaka's efforts to make peace are put to the test by each side's bid for allegiance.

"Princess Mononoke" is a fantastic work of art on many fronts, and arguably Miyazaki's best film to date. While some of his other projects have had the same enchantment and excitement, "Mononoke" has an intriguingly dark and infinitely more mature feel, established by the bloody battle-scenes and sensitive color treatment, and solidified by a complex plot and rich, interesting characters. The most obvious illustrative trait of the film is the ambiguity of the characters' nature; the lack of distinction between good and bad. The ruthless lady Eboshi, while caring nothing for the forest or its inhabitants, is very compassionate towards the underdogs of her own community, such as the brothel girls and the lepers. And the wild wolf-princess, while desperate to defend her fellow forest-dwellers and protect the forest spirit, has a deep-seated mistrust of humans that even steeps into self-loathing at times. These interesting character traits make the film a lot more rewarding than many of Ghibli's other works, which were aimed mostly at children.

Of course, all these intriguing themes and characters are only a part of the film's wonder, because Miyazaki's true gift lies in imagery. The detailed animation of "Princess Mononoke" is astounding, drawing its audience into its environments, from lush forest to open fields to crowded marketplace and more; the team of animators that poured their hearts and souls into this film should take utmost pride in their accomplishments. Using minimal and tasteful CGI, the movie stays very warm and inviting even when the subject matter and mood is less-than-friendly. This is also owed to the audio aspects of the picture; the voice talents involved are highly engaging and enjoyable, even in the English dubbed version, which features such big western names as Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup, Clare Danes and Gillian Anderson. Joe Hisaishi's music is also a rather splendid complement to the film.

Overwhelming success of the anime production in Japan alone stands as a testament to its fine quality. Breaking a 15 year record held by Spielberg's "E.T.", "Princess Mononoke" became Japan's No. 1 movie of all time in the year of its release, as well as taking the title of best-selling video/DVD of all time. It is also the most expensive animated Japanese feature in history, reaching a budget of 2.4 billion. Outside of its home-country, however, the film continues to inspire and engage audiences from all corners of the globe, taking a well-deserved place in the list of cult-favorites for film-lovers everywhere.

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