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Princess Mononoke

(Mononoke-hime) もののけ姫
Japan 1997. Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Sumi Shimamoto

One of Hayao Miyazaki’s peak achievements, Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. Telling an epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke box-office records upon its original release in Japan. Many have noted its powerful environmentalist message. While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually prove fatal. Traveling in search of a cure, he journeys deep into the sacred Great Forest, where he meets San, a young girl raised by wolf-gods. San is leader of the forest-gods in their battle against the humans of Iron Town; the townsfolk call her Princess Mononoke (“Monster”). In Miyazaki’s remarkable hands, she is a true force of nature — with blood smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, and warring with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a mythic figure as any from film, literature, or opera. “A great film ... one of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). Colour, 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. 134 mins.

14A - Under 14 requires adult accompaniment


"One of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen... A great achievement and a wonderful experience, and one of the best films of the year."

Roger Ebert | full review

"A landmark feat of Japanese animation from the acknowledged master of the genre."

New York Times | full review

"A complex, superbly rendered, and wildly eccentric anime—even by Miyazaki’s own standards."

J Hoberman | full review