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Princess Mononoke (1997) at a glance

Princess Mononoke (1997) is animated epic adventure fantasy film by Hayao Miyazaki. It was the highest grossing film of all time in Japan until Titanic (1997) was released later in that year.

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Princess Mononoke (1997) Trailer

Princess Mononoke (1997) Synopsis

Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka sets out for the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi and a proud clan of humans against the forest's animal gods, who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves!

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Princess Mononoke (1997) Review

Ashitaka and San.
Ashitaka and San.

Princess Mononoke (1997) is vivid, imaginative and well thought out. Although there are strong element of hatred and ruthlessness shown in this film, it also has endearing creatures of both existing and supernatural worlds which is truly a delightful watch. This film is a beautiful fantasy film and the adventure here is skillfully narrated and realised just like other classic epics.

Red elk and the many Kodamas at the back.
Red elk and the many Kodamas at the back.

I know there are some distinct characters in this film but what caught my attention most is this red elk named Yakul/Yakkuru. It might have been domesticated but it is quite strong physically and mentally even when it's out in the wild. Yakul also never leaves its owner (Ashitaka) no matter what, it always stays by his side even when he is gravely injured or surrounded by killer beasts! This adorable red elk is a true companion. ♥

Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke

What can be learned from this anime film are a portion of life itself and the consequences of human's greediness and selfishness towards nature and its surroundings. The relationship between human and human, human and nature, supernaturals and everything else in this film are remarkable as it teaches us to respect and treat each other with kindness. Thus, Princess Mononoke (1997) is a great epic film in animation.

PS. I wonder how are the characters' lives are like after this film?

Who will like this?

Classic epic movies fans and escapists will love this as it certainly is interesting!

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Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yūko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Akihiro Miwa, Mitsuko Mori, Hisaya Morishige
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Epic Fantasy
Running time: 134 mins
Budget: USD 23,500,000 est.
Box office: USD 159,375,308 est.

Official website(s)

http://www.ghibli.jp/
http://movies.disney.com/princess-mononoke

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This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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Princess Mononoke (1997) Poster

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