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Princess Mononoke (1997) More at IMDbPro »Mononoke-hime (original title)

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Hayao Miyazaki (written by)
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Release Date:
12 July 1997 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
The Fate Of The World Rests On The Courage Of One Warrior.
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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11 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One to convert the sceptics, a rich, thoughtful and charming animation See more (538 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 (voice: English version)

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

Tara Strong ... Additional voices (voice: English version) (as Tara Charandoff)

Sherry Lynn ... 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 ... 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 ... Additional voices (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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

Takako Fuji ... Woman in Iron Town (voice)
Yuriko Ishida ... San / Mononoke-Hime (voice)
Leslie Ishii ... Additional voices (voice: English version)
Tsunehiko Kamijô ... Gonza (voice)

Kaoru Kobayashi ... Jiko-bô (voice)
Yoshimasa Kondô ... (voice)
Yôji Matsuda ... Ashitaka (voice)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Tatara's Women Song (voice: English version)
Akihiro Miwa ... Moro-no-kimi (voice)
Mitsuko Mori ... Hii-sama (voice)
Hisaya Morishige ... Okkoto-nusi (voice)
Akira Nagoya ... Usi-kai (voice)
Masahiko Nishimura ... Kouroku (voice)
Kimihiro Reizei ... Jibashiri (voice)
Mitsuru Satô ... Tatari-gami (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Toki (voice)
Yûko Tanaka ... Eboshi-gozen (voice)
Tetsu Watanabe ... Yama-inu (voice)
Jessica Lynn ... Additional voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Yutaka Narita .... executive producer
Seiji Okuda .... associate producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... chief executive producer
Seiichirô Ujiie .... executive producer
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 
Nizou Yamamoto 
 
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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Shigeru Tokida .... sound effects production support
James Twomey .... sound 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
Kaoru Tanifuji .... special effects animator
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
Masaya Saitou .... animation checker
Hisae Saitô .... background artist (as Hisae Saito)
Masako Sakano .... inbetween/clean-up 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
Akira Shigino .... digital ink and paint 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
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
Junichi 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
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
Toru Takigawa .... music production
Yukio Yamashita .... music production
Joe Hisaishi .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steve Alpert .... overseas promotion (as Stephen Alpert)
Jack Fletcher .... voice director: English version
Neil Gaiman .... script adaptor: English version
Keiji Hamada .... overseas promotion
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:U | Germany:12 (w) | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 (Eirin # 114984) | 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:PG-13 | USA:TV-14 (TV version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Neil Gaiman, in Anglicizing the script, chose to simplify some plot elements to provide a cultural context for phrases and actions not well known outside of Japan. Specific terms like Jibashiri and Shishigami, for example, are changed to the more general Mercenary and Forest Spirit. On the English language DVD, the subtitle options have a literal translation of Hayao Miyazaki's script in addition to Gaiman's adaptation.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Ashitaka first visits the Forest Spirits home, he spots the Spirit's traces (shape of his hooves) underneath the water surface. But later in the movie, it proves that the Spirit only walks on the water surface.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
San, The Princess Mononoke:Go away.
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62 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
One to convert the sceptics, a rich, thoughtful and charming animation, 11 February 2003
Author: Jeremy Dimmick from Oxford, England

If, like me, your heart sinks at the prospect of another pious, sanctimonious, tub-thumping eco-fable, give "Mononoke Hime" a chance all the same. It does have a distinct, and far from subtle, ecological message, of the "can't we just live together?" variety, but on the other hand it's far from clear that the answer the film suggests is "yes", and there are plenty of nuances and subtleties along the way. More to the point, there's a proper story, well-conceived and well told, there's a memorable, beautiful and violent world, credible characters and a good deal of charm.

The animation is mostly very fluent and careful, though not flashy in the way we're getting used to in this CG age. ("Mononoke" uses cgi, but subtly and with restraint, so that the feel remains that of a group of traditional craftsmen under one guiding hand). Quite often one finds that there are more static elements in a tableaux than you'd expect in a Disney animated feature, but I think this is an aesthetic choice rather than a mere economy: it stylizes and formalizes, while focussing attention on the important elements in the frame. But there is occasional jerkiness, though not enough to detract seriously, and perhaps it wouldn't trouble audiences whose frame of reference isn't so western as mine - I'm not sure.

Talking of the western and eastern sensibilities, the Region 2 DVD which I'm reviewing gives you a choice of English and Japanese dialogue, and though I watched the American dub first, I'd generally prefer the Japanese version, for the key roles of Ashitaka and San. Billy Crudup is appealing but too low-key, and Clare Danes strikes me as badly miscast: she sounds a bit too old, and altogether too urban to bring out the core of wildness or the steely sense of loyalty to her world. Like other reviewers, I have trouble with the Texas drawl of Billy Bob Thornton, which is just too regionally specific to match the look of the character (please understand that I'm not suggesting the cast should all have done fake Japanese accents!). On the other hand, it's pretty much a toss-up between Yuko Tanaka and Minnie Driver (who's very closely attuned to the aesthetic of the original) as Eboshi, and Gillian Anderson and Jada Pinkett Smith are just right. Still, overall you get more vividness and conviction from the original voice cast. Oddly, the lip-sync seems more approximate in the Japanese version, perhaps a fault in the synchronization on the R2 DVD. The subtitles unfortunately but understandably come from Neil Gaiman's adaptation of the screenplay rather than re-translating the Japanese - one's aware, for example, that Gaiman has added bits of extra, explanatory dialogue.

With all that out of the way, let's concentrate on what makes the film work: it delineates a world that's at once mythological and believable, and refuses to sentimentalize or simplify (even if it occasionally allows itself to preach). There are feuds and failures of trust not just between the humans and the animals, but within each world - and the animals seem as ready as the humans to exclude the other from their world. Indeed the conceit of the film seems to be that language, rather than being a product of distinctly human evolution, was originally shared among mammals at least, and it's as the war with the humans goes on that the animal kingdom becomes more brutish and less coherent. For all the prince's idealism and the delicate rapprochement some of the characters inch towards, one gets the impression that the logic of conflict will be hard to resist.

Perhaps the most appealing and intriguing element in this world is the kodoma: the little, voiceless tree-spirits seem to be a cross-between a mushroom, a toddler and a rattle, and I defy anyone not to be captivated by them.

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