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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

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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Rated PG-13 for images of violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Many speculate that various things featured in the Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) were greatly inspired by this film. For example, in the first 10 minutes of the film, the clothes Ashitaka is wearing closely resemble both look and color pallete of Link's tunic. Ashitaka has a sword, and also uses the bow and arrow as his main weapon, which are also the weapons Link uses in this game and the previous ones. Another example is the wooden observatory tower which is destroyed by the wild demon. It closely resembles a similar wooden tower with a ladder overlooking the land of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. Other similarities include the villager's hats, wild monsters/demons, and simply the vastness of the land, similar to the "open world" concept of Breath of the Wild. See more »

Goofs

When Ashitaka spots San for the first time at the river spitting out a mouthful of Moro no Kimi's blood from the bullet wound in her chest, the number of large wolf teeth on San's necklace changes from four, to three, back to four. 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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Crazy Credits

The 2014 Blu-ray release uses the Disney logo, instead of the Miramax logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although most versions of the film are missing the Toho Company, Ltd. logo (especially home video releases), the version shown in the U.S. on Turner Classic Movies in 2006 had the logo intact, as did the original Japanese film release. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Princess Mononoke Theme Song (Mononoke-Hime)
(English language version)
Adaptation by Neil Gaiman
Translated By Steve Alpert
Vocals by Sasha Lazard
Lyrics By Hayao Miyazaki
Music composed by Joe Hisaishi
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Yet another 10 for Miyazaki
29 January 2007 | by aprisoneroftodaySee all my reviews

Im a Big fan of Miyazaki... This movie is Definitely in his top 3...

Princess Mononoke's story is very in depth and it grabs your attention. Time after time. You may have to watch it a couple times to catch everything but you will fall in love with the characters and story every time you sit down to watch it

As for the art... Its Visually stunning yet again. Everything is depicted so well in Miyazaki's artwork from the humans to the Forest gods and everything in between

this definitely worth watching.

And if you like it you should definitely check out some of his others like Castle In The Sky, Howls Moving Castle and Spirited Away


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Official Sites:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (English-language version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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