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Princess Mononoke (1997)

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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Princess Mononoke See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 2,400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,446, 31 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,375,308

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,375,308
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (English-language version)| Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Harvey Weinstein obtained the North-American distribution rights to Princess Mononoke, he approached director Hayao Miyazaki and insisted on a shorter version of the film that would be better attuned to American audiences. However, Miyazaki was still so upset by the heavily cut version of his Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) (released as 'Warriors of the Wind') that he angrily left the meeting. Several days later, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki sent a katana sword to Weinstein's office with 'NO CUTS' embedded into its blade. The film was later released in the USA in its uncut version. When asked about the incident in an interview, Miyazaki simply smiled and stated "I defeated him". 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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[first lines]
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

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 »


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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Riveting and marvelous cartoon movie by the genius Hayao Miyazaki
12 October 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This magnificent cartoon movie concerns Japanese legends , it begins when Ashikata, a prince warrior is wounded by a cursed giant boar . He attempts to encounter some way to heal incurable curse inflicted . Ashikata saddled in his red deer goes to the east, where finds the Iron Town , ruled by Lady Ebosi confronting Sam , the princess Mononoke, a human girl raised by wolves . Ashikata encounters in the middle of fighting among the forest animals : large wolves, giant boars and humans : emperor Mikado soldiers , Lady Ebosi soldiers and Shogun army . Furthermore, in the forest finds the deer god and spirits called Kodamas .

This wonderful film is plenty of fantasy , adventures, drama, spectacular combats and with ecological message . The picture is narrated with sensibility and sense of wonder and quite entertaining, though isn't apt for small kids but contains graphic violence . It's a deep critical about nature exploiting and killing the forests for the encroaching civilization represented by an iron mining town that cause a damage environment . This stunning film, though a bit too long, converted the first of any kind to gross over the box office in Japan and around the world. The motion picture was splendidly realized by Hayao Miyazaki , he personally corrected or redrew more than 80,000 of the film's 144,000 animation cels . Being accompanied by sensitive music score composed by his usual musician , Joe Hisaishi. Miyazaki also directed other excellent cartoon movies as ¨Howl's moving castle¨ , ¨Chihiro¨ , ¨Porco Rosso¨ and ¨My neighbour Tororo¨ . Rating : Sensational and fantastic , it's a masterpiece cartoon movie.


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