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

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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


A character removes his clothes to cross a river and is shown wearing only his loincloth.

The women working in the intense heat of the iron foundry wrap their kimonos loosely; they show bare legs and more cleavage than usual, but no fully bare breasts are shown.

It is mentioned several times that the women working in the foundry came from a brothel, although the film does not show it or go into detail about what a brothel is. At one point, the women say words to the effect of, "Here, the men don't bother us, unless we want them to!"

Some women make advances and remarks, both flirtatious and sexually, towards a man.

Violence & Gore


This movie is rated PG-13 for a reason. Although animated, it's still pretty gory and has much blood.

The whole of the movie deals with man against nature. The gore in the film is intense, but not to the point of being gaudy.

Animals are shot at (not graphic). A wild boar dies, we see its body burn and deteriorate. The dead bodies of animals are shown. A boar vomits out huge amounts of red sickly blood a couple of times in a row.

Villainous warriors are decapitated and have their arms chopped in one scene.


Japanese version: 1 scatological reference

English version: A couple uses of "damn," a few "bastards," and 1 use of "piss"

Some name-calling, but nothing too bad (i.e. "wolf girl," "idiot," "moron," "ruler of beasts," "dope," "dumb," etc.)


Some characters drink sake, as was common in the time period


Note that despite being an animation and the violence being quite clean and bloodless, Princess Mononoke is a mature film. There is a lot of violence in the film, and many scenes feature a considerable feeling of threat.

A deer's head is shot off (only a faint trickle of blood). Black goo pours out of the body and kills everything it touches.

A creature under a magical curse is covered with a mass of worm-like tentacles, giving it a horrific, spider-like appearance. The opening scene in which the creature is met is very intense, and ends with flesh melting off the creature's bones, leaving a huge bloody skeleton behind it.

A character is placed under a curse which appears as a black-violet scar on his arm. As the curse progresses the scar spreads as far as his back and chest; at times it becomes agitated and causes the arm to swell grotesquely.

Near the end of the film men dress themselves with boar pelts, giving them the appearance of a boar with no eyes.

Towards the end of the film the scenes can get very intense, as the forest dies, turning into a nightmarish landscape and the previously benevolent Daidarabocchi becomes a frightening, transparent giant that kills everything it touches.

This is arguably Miyazaki's most mature film and is not intended for children. It is a very sophisticated political allegory.

Total: 30/50

Suggested Rating: R for bloody violence and gore.

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Rated PG-13 for images of violence and gore
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)

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