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Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1997)

  Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Yuriko Ishida, Yôji Matsuda, Yûko Tanaka
Links: Princess Mononoke on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy the Book
Genre: Cartoon/Animation

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1997) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), pearly's review of My Neighbor Totoro (1988), pearly's review of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds (1984) and pearly's review of Spirited Away (2001).

"Beware the Tatarigami, says Mr Miyazaki" - a review by pearly

I was, until recently, relatively unfamiliar with the genre of anime. The clean lines and gorgeous colours of this Japanese style of animation appealed to me, but I wasn't so sure about whether or not I'd enjoy the storylines that went along with an anime film. To me, anime equalled Astro Boy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I knew there had to be more to it than that.

Now that I've seen a couple of anime things, I know that this view wasn't completely untrue, but there's a lot more going on than just stories about futuristic robots. Princess Mononoke is one example of this. It's about a young warrior named Ashitaka (Yôji Matsuda) who saves his village from a Tatarigami, and in the process, becomes cursed by it. He is then forced to leave his village on a quest to figure out where these cursed gods are coming from, and to see whether he can do anything to fix the problems. It is on this quest that he meets Princess Mononoke, the wolf queen (Yuriko Ishida), and becomes embroiled in a power struggle between humans and the natural world.

Princess Mononoke is a beautiful looking film. It serves mainly as a big, long metaphor for the damage that us crazy humans are doing to our stomping grounds every day. In doing this, it introduces us to all sorts of strange individuals: the Tatarigami, a cursed boar with maggoty things crawling all over it; the Deer God, a beautiful deer with huge antlers; and the Kodamas sprites, little forest dwellers whose heads click and rotate, as well as others. These creatures combine Japanese legends with the incredibly imaginative mind of director / writer / all-out awesome guy Hayao Miyazaki.

I'm totally into Japanese culture, and I love a good myth, so combine the two and you've got a great start for a film. But once you add the creative vision of Miyazaki, the humourous characters, and the beautiful voices of the Japanese actors, you've got the complete set. Princess Mononoke is (if you're not feeling too sleepy) spellbinding.

P.S. watch the original Japanese soundtrack version, idiots! The last thing you want to do is ruin the mood by subjecting yourself to listening to Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver, and Billy Bob Thornton.

pearly gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 30 Jan 2004

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Reader comments

  1. i'm glad you like anime, can you please write more anime reviews? I would love to read what are your thoughts avout anime :)

    > anime freak <

    ps: I actually haven't seen this :S, but i will soon enough, you should watch out for lastEXILE, it's good.

    A comment from nekoneko on Sun 01 Feb 2004 14:35 #

  2. I love your movies but, so far I had watch Kiki's Delivery Service,Spiritade Away, and my most favorite one Princess Mononoke. You are right about humans destroying our home. Its really sad forests are lovely and beutiful. If people saw Princess Mononoke maybe they would change because I know I did. I hope you keep making films!!! yours truly,
    Dania Torres
    p.s. can you give me a dvd or vhs of Princess Mononoke? Because I want to buy it but we dont have a lot of money anymore. If you send it thanks :)! Address: 140 Esmond Circle
    Windsor,CA 95492

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Dania Torres on Mon 16 Aug 2004 09:59 #

  3. I've seen/own nearly every Miyazaki movie (I know about). This is, in my opinion, one of his best. The story is purely magical and the characters are great.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Anderson on Sun 01 May 2005 07:31 #

  4. This movie left wanting to watch it again and again! #1 on my favourite movie list.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from miba on Mon 09 May 2005 03:48 #

  5. With all the movievies that came out now its hard to decide wich one to buy they are all great. I hope Miyazaki keeps making his movies.
    I rate miyazaki's Princess Mononoke a 10 out of 10

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Dania on Mon 30 May 2005 10:59 #

  6. your films are the best films I'v ever saw

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Isabel on Tue 05 Jul 2005 07:39 #

  7. Princess Mononoke is a great film.I was only 3 years old when it came out in 1997 but I immedially fell in love with it. I despertly hope there is a sequel

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Adriana Cataldi on Fri 31 Mar 2006 07:37 #

  8. keep makin movies miyazaki!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from paul on Mon 08 May 2006 12:13 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (7 ratings)

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