Princess Mononoke (Mononoke hime)
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Princess Mononoke, set in 14th century Japan, is the mythological tale of a war between encroaching civilisation and the beast gods of the forest. In a remote mountain village far away in northern Japan, the young warrior Ashitaka (Yôji Matsuda), is forced to kill a monster to protect his village. Too late, he discovers that the boar-like creature he killed is a protector-god of the forest. In killing the demon boar, Ashitaka has brought upon himself a curse, it's sign: a twisted scar on his right forearm that is slowly spreading. Ashitaka journeys to the land of the Tatara clan where he hopes to uncover the mystery of the curse before it takes his young life. He meets their proud and regal leader, the Lady Eboshi (Yûko Tanaka).
Along the way, he becomes involved in the bitter fight between two warring factions of humans and a race of forest-gods trapped in the middle. During one battle, Ashitaka sees San, the Princess Mononoke (Yuriko Ishida), a young woman raised by wolves, who is prepared to die to defeat the humans. Against his will, Ashitaka is drawn into the struggle between man and nature, tying to persuade the two sides to find another way, one that will halt the endless circle of killing. He seeks a middle ground where forest creatures and humans can live in the world in peace together.
Persons of interest
- Yôji Matsuda .... Ashitaka
- Yuriko Ishida .... San
- Yûko Tanaka .... Eboshi-gozen
- Kaoru Kobayashi .... Jiko-bô
- Masahiko Nishimura .... Kouroku
- Tsunehiko Kamijô .... Gonza
- Sumi Shimamoto .... Toki
- Tetsu Watanabe .... Yama-inu
- Mitsuru Satô .... Tatari-gami
- Akira Nagoya .... Usi-kai
- Akihiro Miwa .... Moro-no-kimi
- Mitsuko Mori .... Hii-sama
- Hisaya Morishige .... Okkoto-nusi
- Gillian Anderson .... Moro
- Billy Crudup .... Ashitaka
- Claire Danes .... San
- Keith David .... Okkoto
- John DeMita .... Kohroku
- John Di Maggio .... Gonza
- Minnie Driver .... Lady Eboshi
- Neil Gaiman .... Screenwriter (English)
- Hayao Miyazaki .... Screenwriter (Japanese), Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Princess Mononoke (Mononoke hime) official movie site
- Awards and film festivals:
- Download the 800x600 desktop image
- NB: Japanese language dialogue with English language subtitles
- See also Howl's moving castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro), Miyazaki's Spirited away (Sen to chihiro no kamikakushi)
Special Agent Matti
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Princess Mononoke (pronounced prihn'-ssess maw'-naw'-naw'-keh') whips ass on Hollywood adventure stories like Toy story 2 and A bug's life. It has a harshness and rawness that a USA film cannot hope to create because even indie films from that country have been washed in the lime of Hollywood's great banality. They have too many cultural expectations to explore an exotic genre like animation. While hundreds of millions of dollars are being pumped into extravaganzas like Final fantasy: The spirits within and Shrek, studio executives are busy counting beans while consultants search the great unwashed for the lowest common denominator. Princess Mononoke has neither of those hindrances and has produced a piece of art.
A piece of art that rocks.
If you were let down by the shallowness of Dungeons and dragons and you're hankering for some mighty swordplay and monsters and evil humans then you've got to see Princess Mononoke. If it were any better it would be Crouching tiger, hidden dragon.
Security censorship classification
M (Medium level violence)
133 minutes (2:13 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 8 February 2001 - Hayden Orpheum Cremorne