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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.

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writers:

Hayao Miyazaki, Neil Gaiman (adapted by: English version)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Ashitaka (voice)
Billy Bob Thornton ... Jigo (voice)
Minnie Driver ... Lady Eboshi (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Gonza / Additional Voices (voice)
Claire Danes ... San (voice)
John DeMita ... Kohroku (voice)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Toki (voice)
Gillian Anderson ... Moro (voice)
Keith David ... Okkoto / Narrator / Additional Voices (voice)
Corey Burton ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tara Strong ... Kaya / Additional Voices (voice) (as Tara Charandoff)
Julia Fletcher Julia Fletcher ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Julia DeMita)
Debi Derryberry ... Hii-sama / Additional Voices (voice)
Alex Fernandez ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jack Fletcher ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

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

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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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Trivia

Hayao Miyazaki: [pigs] The tribe of boars, one of which is the demon Ashitaka fights in the beginning. See more »

Goofs

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, the spirit is seen as a walking surface, which is regarded as a goof. It isn't. The spirit, shishigami, can do whatever it pleases. See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

In the original Japanese version, we hear the penetration of wood when Ashitaka strikes the stock of Eboshi's Ishibiya; in the English-dubbed version we hear the added sound effect of a metallic clang. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mononoke-Hime/Princess Mononoke Theme Song
(Japanese vocal version)
Lyrics By Hayao Miyazaki
Vocals by counter-tenor Yoshikazu Mera
Music composed by Joe Hisaishi
Music performed by Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Hiroshi Kumagai
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one of the best films i've ever had the chance to see
7 November 1999 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Princess Mononoke is, without a doubt, one of the best films I have ever witnessed. There has never been an animated film even close to this -- I kept thinking after I left the theater, how can Disney even have the guts to make another film after seeing this? Even live action movies pale in comparison to Princess Mononoke. There has never been a film to pay such close attention to details. Watch for the magnificent and subtle flying insects throughout the film, especially in the ancient forest, where bioluminescent dragonflies glide gently around the screen. There are thousands of subtleties such as this. You'd have to see it a dozen times to appreciate this film fully. Aside from it being the most beautiful film I've ever seen, it also has an enormously powerful script. The characters are some of the the most well rounded in all film. Ashitaka especially, the main character of the film, is so nuanced that he has become in my mind one of the great characters in film, up there with Charles Foster Kane and Jake LaMotta. I would compare him to Freder, the main character of Fritz Lang's Metropolis. His role in the film is a mediator between the forces of humans and the gods of nature. Both sides comment several times that Ashitaka must be on the other side, when he is trying desperately to convince everyone that there are no sides. Peace is the way. There is a little to be desired in the American voice talent. Claire Daines was certainly a wrong choice for San (Princess Mononoke), and Billy Bob Thornton just could not hide his southern accent, which made the character of Jigo seem more comical than he was probably supposed to be. Gillian Anderson's voice clashed with her character, the wolf god Moro, a bit. It hardly affected my passion. The film was so spectacular and beautiful that James Earl Jones could have voiced San and it would have detracted little. Definitely, though, I'm praying that they release the DVD with subtitle options. Anyway, Princess Mononoke is the best film of 1999, the best film of the 1990's, and, in my personal top ten list, no lower than #5, but closer to #2. 12 hours later and my heart is still beating with the power of Princess Mononoke! America: SEE IT!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY2,400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,446, 31 October 1999

Gross USA:

$4,845,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$169,785,629
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (English-language version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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