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Princess Mononoke

"The Fate Of The World Rests On The Courage Of One Warrior."

PG-13 1997-07-12 Adventure 2hr 14m

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Emishi people, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

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Storyline

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Emishi people, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

  • Released
    1997-07-12
  • Revenue
    $169,000,000
  • Budget
    $23,500,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 14m
  • Genre
    Adventure, Fantasy, Animation
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    日本語
  • imdb-logo
    8.3
  • Production
    Studio Ghibli, Nibariki, dentsu Music And Entertainment, TNDG, Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network Corporation, dentsu

Crew

Hayao Miyazaki
Director
Toshio Suzuki
Producer

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Cast

Youji Matsuda

Youji Matsuda

Ashitaka (voice)
Yuriko Ishida

Yuriko Ishida

San (voice)
Yûko Tanaka

Yûko Tanaka

Eboshi Gozen (voice)
Kaoru Kobayashi

Kaoru Kobayashi

Jikobo (voice)
Masahiko Nishimura

Masahiko Nishimura

Kouroku (voice)
Tsunehiko Kamijô

Tsunehiko Kamijô

Gonza (voice)
Akihiro Miwa

Akihiro Miwa

Mrs. Moro (voice)
Mitsuko Mori

Mitsuko Mori

Mrs. Hii (voice)
Hisaya Morishige

Hisaya Morishige

Chief of Affairs (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto

Sumi Shimamoto

Toki (voice)
Tetsu Watanabe

Tetsu Watanabe

Wild Dog (voice)
Makoto Satō

Makoto Satō

Tatari God (voice)
Akira Nagoya

Akira Nagoya

Cowherd (voice)
Kei Iinuma

Kei Iinuma

Chief of the Sick (voice)
Yayoi Kazuki

Yayoi Kazuki

Kiyo (voice)
Kimihiro Reizei

Kimihiro Reizei

Cattleman (voice)
Yoshimasa Kondo

Yoshimasa Kondo

Cattleman (voice)
Akira Sakamoto

Akira Sakamoto

Cattleman (voice)
Shirô Saitô

Shirô Saitô

Cattleman (voice)
Daikichi Sugawara

Daikichi Sugawara

Cattleman (voice)
Takako Katou

Takako Katou

Tataraba Woman (voice)
Ikuko Yamamoto

Ikuko Yamamoto

Tataraba Woman (voice)
Kiho Iinuma

Kiho Iinuma

Emishi Girl (voice)

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Princess Mononoke
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A Review by tanty 10

Written by tanty on 2013-11-26

Probably the best movie from Miyazaki. A mixture of old Japanese traditions with the story about the conflict between the industrial human b... read more

Probably the best movie from Miyazaki. A mixture of old Japanese traditions with the story about the conflict between the industrial human being and the preservation of the Nature.

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A Review by tmdb79319797 10

Written by tmdb79319797 on 2020-12-13

Hayao Miyazaki's arts have always something to remember us that we are naturally harmonized with mother earth and existences. There is still... read more

Hayao Miyazaki's arts have always something to remember us that we are naturally harmonized with mother earth and existences. There is still a bond, if one is hurt another, it means the one suffer itself as well.

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A Review by Niemand

Written by Niemand on 2023-08-06

Original title: Mononoke Hime The film is set in the 14th Century during Japan’s Muromachi Period. Young Prince Ashitaka, the last roy... read more

Original title: Mononoke Hime The film is set in the 14th Century during Japan’s Muromachi Period. Young Prince Ashitaka, the last royal of his line, slays a wild boar that is about to attack his village. The boar, demonised because it was consumed by rage and hatred, infects the young Prince, who will eventually become demonised too. He leaves the village to find a cure in the form of Shishigami, a deer-like god. On his journey he realises that the latent rage and hatred within him, when it surfaces, gives him enormous power – proven when he slices off the arms of a Samurai warrior and decapitates another one. On his journey, he sees a travelling group of people attacked by a wolf pack. He saves two of the men who, it turns out, are from Irontown, run by the Lady Ishobi. He brings the two men back to Irontown, which is peopled by women who do the foundry-work and chores, and men who provide the security and protection, although even that is not cut and dried as the women are capable of defending themselves with guns being manufactured especially for them by the lepers to whom the Lady Ishobi provides food and dignity. There is much humour when the women verbally chastise their menfolk. I found those scenes hilarious. When Ashitaka brings the men back to Irontown he is welcomed by the Lady Ishobi. He also discovers that the wolf pack was led by the wolf god Moro, and the strange girl he saw help the wolves was San, the adopted daughter of Moro. San has the ability to talk to the nature spirits, and she is therefore known as Princess Mononoke (“Spirits of things”). Ashitaka is concerned that Ishobi is destroying the forest. It turns out that the Lady Ishobi and Moro are in battle because of the damage being done to the forest. To add to this, Ishobi has also recruited Samurai to help her in her fight, but the Samurai have two motives: one is to take the head of the Forest Spirit back to the Emperor, who believes it will give him immortality. The second is to take Irontown from the Lady Ishobi. That is an abstract of the plot. Miyazaki used computer-generated graphics in this for the first time, but most of the film was generated by hand. This I think is to its benefit. The drawing is breathtaking in places, and the depiction of such supernatural events as the Forest Spirit changing into the Nightwalker and the scene of the demon-possessed boar when it emerges from the forest for the first time are spectacular. I think it’s too scary and bloody for children, but a friend assures me that this sort of film is par for the course for children in Japan. The film is over two hours long, and it does pack a lot into that two hours. I found this film very interesting and watchable. I wanted to know what happened, and the plot was certainly not predictable. I believed in the world it depicted. I think in any film you have to allow it to draw you into its world (up to a point, some films are ludicrous and expect too much, this isn’t one of them). Part of the reason for the film’s ability to keep me interested is because the characters cannot be labelled “goodies” and “baddies.” Yes, Moro and his pack are attacking helpless workers, but they are destroying the forest and he needs to protect his way of life. Yes, the Lady Ishobi is destroying the forest, but she’s making a living for herself and is helping others: she has removed the women from servitude in brothels, given them security, work, and a home; some have found husbands or companions. She has provided shelter, home and work for the lepers, normally outcasts. Neither side seems particularly vindictive; Ishobi’s attempts to rid herself of the wolf pack are for self preservation, and her coalition with the Samurai to destroy the Forest Spirit is her attempt to remove the constant threat of attack. One can argue that if she took a more conciliatory view, maybe some sort of truce could be reached, but time and again members of the wolf pack merely say “they are humans, they must be killed” – to the point that even Ashitaki, who has helped the animals – is threatened with death if he does not leave the forest. In fact, one could argue that it is the animals who show a “racist” attitude here – demanding the death of the humans because they are humans. None of the humans in the film demand the death of the animals simply because they are animals. Their deaths, and the destruction of their habitat, are an unfortunate side-effect of the humans’ industrialisation, not a deliberate act. I hope that what you see from my analysis above is that the film is not goodies v. baddies. It’s nature v. industrialisation, and the compromise to that is not an easy one, and the film reflects that. You’ll be happy to know the film does have an upbeat ending, but thankfully it’s not entirely predictable, in my opinion. I thoroughly recommend the film.

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-27

When a village is tormented by a wild boar, it falls to the young "Ashitaka" to sort it out. Turns out though, that it isn't an ordinary bea... read more

When a village is tormented by a wild boar, it falls to the young "Ashitaka" to sort it out. Turns out though, that it isn't an ordinary beast - and in the fight the man is afflicted with a curse that requires his journey to the great tree god to put right. His travels lead him to the unscrupulous "Lady Eboshi" who has developed a smelting process that enables her to make guns - giving her not only advantage against the other local clans, but also helping her on her quest to kill the gods and the wolves lead by the Princess Mononoke whom they have raised from infancy. The story is great, the colourful and detailed animation moves the fable along well and excitingly with plenty of solid characterisation and action a-plenty. As ever with Miyazaki, there is a moral to the story - and the last twenty minutes exemplify that beautifully. The English language dubbed version has a good cast injecting personality and an extra degree of emotion to the characters too. I did find the forest sprites just a bit too twee, but otherwise this is a great marriage of creativity and legend - and I really enjoyed it.

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A Review by hamfaceman 9

Written by hamfaceman on 2024-01-04

This is my favorite movie from Miyazaki. The visuals are great. The characters are great. The voice acting (English version) is great. The a... read more

This is my favorite movie from Miyazaki. The visuals are great. The characters are great. The voice acting (English version) is great. The animation is great. Music is great. The story is good. Everything about this movie is so cool and it's just really fun to watch.

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A Review by Andres Gomez

Probably the best movie from Miyazaki. A mixture of old Japanese traditions with the story about the conflict between the industrial human being and the preservation of the Nature....

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A Review by tanty 10

Written by tanty on 2013-11-26

Probably the best movie from Miyazaki. A mixture of old Japanese traditions with the story about the conflict between the industrial human being and the preservation of the Nature....

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by tmdb79319797 10

Written by tmdb79319797 on 2020-12-13

Hayao Miyazaki's arts have always something to remember us that we are naturally harmonized with mother earth and existences. There is still a bond, if one is hurt another, it means the one suffer its...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Niemand

Written by Niemand on 2023-08-06

Original title: Mononoke Hime The film is set in the 14th Century during Japan’s Muromachi Period. Young Prince Ashitaka, the last royal of his line, slays a wild boar that is about to attack hi...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-27

When a village is tormented by a wild boar, it falls to the young "Ashitaka" to sort it out. Turns out though, that it isn't an ordinary beast - and in the fight the man is afflicted with a curse that...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by hamfaceman 9

Written by hamfaceman on 2024-01-04

This is my favorite movie from Miyazaki. The visuals are great. The characters are great. The voice acting (English version) is great. The animation is great. Music is great. The story is good. Everyt...

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