Princess Mononoke

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Princess Mononoke
Genre: Anime
Historical Fantasy
Starring: Yōji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yūko Tanaka
Kaoru Kobayashi
Masahiko Nishimura
Tsunehiko Kamijo
Akihiro Miwa
Mitsuko Mori
Hisaya Morishige
Release Date: 12 July 1997
Country: Japan

Princess Mononoke (Japanese: もののけ姫 Hepburn: Mononoke-hime, "Spirit/Monster Princess") is a Japanese epic historical fantasy anime film directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated at Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, and Dentsu.


After a tough battle against a demonized boar god and after his right arm got cursed by the corruption, Ashitaka heads to the western lands, but he cannot return to his homeland. He's then involved in an ongoing struggle between the gods of the forest with a human girl named San, and a group of humans led by Lady Eboshi.

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing hand-drawn animation that still looks good today.
  2. Astonishing action sequences with gore and violence, since Studio Ghibli rarely uses action.
  3. Excellent editing that captures the film's tone very well.
  4. A more mature anime film than what Studio Ghibli has made before.
  5. Irontown feels like a well-rounded, working, political town.
  6. Awesome soundtrack.
  7. Wonderfully written and complex characters.

Bad Qualities

  1. The movie doesn't tell how Irontown was founded.


The movie was critically lauded by moviegoers and fans alike and got a 92% approval rating from the review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes.

The Daily Yomiuri's Aaron Gerow called the film a "powerful compilation of Miyazaki's world, a cumulative statement of his moral and filmic concerns." Leonard Klady of Variety said that Princess Mononoke "is not only more sharply drawn, it has an extremely complex and adult script" and the film "has the soul of a romantic epic, and its lush tones, elegant score by Joe Hisaishi and full-blooded characterizations give it the sweep of cinema's most grand canvases".


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