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Princess Mononoke (1997)

Hayao Miyazaki  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,147 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Princess Mononoke" on IMDb

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Before it ever arrived in the U.S., this epic, animated 1997 fantasy had already made history as the top-grossing domestic feature ever released in Japan, where its combination of mythic themes, mystical forces, and ravishing visuals tapped deeply into cultural identity and contemporary, ecological anxieties. For international animation and anime fans, Princess Mononoke represents an auspicious next step for its revered creator, Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service), an acknowledged anime pioneer, whose painterly style, vivid character design, and stylized approach to storytelling take ambitious, evolutionary steps here.

Set in medieval Japan, Miyazaki's original story envisions a struggle between nature and man. The march of technology, embodied in the dark iron forges of the ambitious Tatara clan, threatens the natural forces explicit in the benevolent Great God of the Forest and the wide-eyed, spectral spirits he protects. When Ashitaka, a young warrior from a remote, and endangered, village clan, kills a ravenous, boar-like monster, he discovers the beast is in fact an infectious "demon god," transformed by human anger. Ashitaka's quest to solve the beast's fatal curse brings him into the midst of human political intrigues as well as the more crucial battle between man and nature.

Miyazaki's convoluted fable is clearly not the stuff of kiddie matinees, nor is the often graphic violence depicted during the battles that ensue. If some younger viewers (or less attentive older ones) will wish for a diagram to sort out the players, Miyazaki's atmospheric world and its lush visual design are reasons enough to watch. For the English-language version, Miramax assembled an impressive vocal cast including Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup (as Ashitaka), Claire Danes (as San), Minnie Driver (as Lady Eboshi), Billy Bob Thornton, and Jada Pinkett Smith. They bring added nuance to a very different kind of magic kingdom. Recommended for ages 12 and older. --Sam Sutherland

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As of 2001, PRINCESS MONONOKE is one of only two films to ever break $150 million at the Japanese box office -- the other is TITANIC.

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309 of 339 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding gem -- both the movie and DVD. December 19, 2000
Format:DVD
Wow. I first saw Princess Mononoke during its limited theatrical release (twice). Many people have issues with the dub, but this is by far the best dubbed anime ever to be released -- I, like most anime fans, normally insist on subtitles, but Neil Gaiman and the cast succeeded in putting real emotion into these characters. The casting of Billy Bob Thornton and Claire Danes might rub some ears the wrong way, but in my opinion the emotional impact is still there regardless of the odd accents. In any case, the Japanese track is included, and it's phenomenal. As for its content, most arguments about its violence and length can be dismissed by viewing it as a film, rather than as a cartoon. It's not Disney. The plot is a complex and delicate exercise in shades of gray. Don't expect Akira or Macross either -- it's really not of the same genre.
The video and audio quality is the sort that you would use to show off your new home theater system. In fact, I found the Japanese soundtrack to be richer and better dynamically balanced than the English track (!). Disney/Miramax really took advantage of the format by including BOTH the Japanese and English opening titles and credits -- they are automatically selected depending on your choice of language via an angle switch. Transparent and ingenious. There are two sets of subtitles -- one for the English track, and the other is the literal translation of the Japanese (since some liberties were taken in creating the English script).
Disney was originally going to release "Mononoke Hime" without the original language track, which created an outrage among anime fans (who, myself included, signed a massive internet petition which eventually turned the tide). I applaud this decision, as well as the splendid attention to detail. It has made this incredible movie an even better value.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like any movie. A must see! December 21, 2000
By Callie
Format:VHS Tape
This is not like any Japanese animated movie or any other animated film. It is not a lost adventure like Pokemon, neither is it a classic cutesy by Disney or Dreamworks. This is a film that quickly caught my eyes and ears because of its rare beauty and incredibly poignant feelings(I love anything that is poignant and this film is no exception). I was quickly captured by the story of a young warrior cursed by a demon god. The demon itself was cursed by anger and hatred it held towards the destructive humans. The animal gods and the humans fought many wars against each other, but their hatred only brought destruction to themselves. There also was the forest spirit who brought both life and death, and could give life to some, but death to others. The whole story I found to be gripping and thrilling. The curse, that evil hating curse that could eat people and animals alive. The conflict between man and beast that did not have to happen. The wolf girl, San, also known as Princess Mononoke, who was neither wolf or human. And the mysterious forest god of life and death, pain and relief. One thing that distinguishes this move from others is that no one is a good guy or a bad guy. Just about every person has good and evil in them, but hate and anger can infest and destroy anyone. I have never known of a more captivating movie. The animation was beautiful and not over done, but very simple and artistic. The gore and violence is hard to stomache, but it brings more poignant feelings to the viewer. The music is also very beautiful and ethereal(some might say it sounds very "Enya-like"). There is absolutely no reason why you should not see this movie. If you think, "oh, it's just an ordinary Japanese movie", or "Oh, it's not as great as it sounds", you're wrong! This is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. If you do not see this movie,you are missing out on a lot.
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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This Miyazaki movie is for keeps! This is one of the few anime films from the many I have seen, that I will give a full 5 stars. You must give yourself a chance to see this movie at least once. I will definitely buy this DVD when it comes out. Plot is set in ancient mythological Japan where humans clash with humans and damages the environment. Great story, beautiful animation, very strong character development. Lots of action. You will see that a lot of work went into this film. Too bad, I can't recommend this for kids for all ages, maybe around 15 yrs up, but you parents will be the final judge. No nudity, but there are quite a few blood and violent scenes (such as beheading). Don't get me wrong, the story does not really focus on the violence. Watch it and you will know what I mean.
I sure hope the other Miyazaki Anime will be released on DVD soon! (Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa, etc...)
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE February 7, 2000
Format:DVD
You just HAVE to vote for this DVD to be produced. If you haven't seen this movie yet in the theatres yet, you must, because it is the most beautiful, thought provoking movie ever made. It is so amazning, that words can't even describe it. PLEASE, PLEASE, vote for this video and see for yourself. You will be amazed. If you have seen the movie at the theatre and want it to come to the US, make sure and submit your e-mail address(es). Even submit your friend's email! (with their permission.) If you REALLY want this DVD to be made, write a review here to get other people to submit their emails! ^_~
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Bought as a gift, this movie was at my house quickly, and was packaged with the other movie I bought, from the same Studio Ghibli. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Kiera Poling
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Movie!
I've been wanting a copy of Mononoke for a long time and FINALLY bought one. And I'm very happy I did! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic
Literally one of the best animated films ever! Hands down. The story is intricate and pulls at the heart strings while Miyazaki's animation leaves one breathless. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Velma
5.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki movies are the best
Required viewing for anyone. I have loved everyone I have seen. I am not an anime fan as a rule, but Miyazaki moves are far above regular anime. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Linda G. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning
A visually stunning Anime picture.Great story, a must see for fans of the Genre.almost as good as Spirited Away(in my opinion)I would recommend it to anyone who likes Anime or any... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Shamrocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess M...
This is one of Hayao Miyazaki first movies he came out with and personally for me it is one of his best. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jinx: desert flower
5.0 out of 5 stars Original
The original audio is better than the dubbed Disney sound track. It was made in the Japanese language so when the characters speak the audio matches the animation and it doesn't... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Edwin O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Loved this movie since I was 13-14 years old. Another great movie by Hayao Miyazaki, but all of them are equally awesome.
Published 28 days ago by Tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I'm so glad I found this for my husband. He had mentioned that he caught part of it on television a few years back, and couldn't find it again. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Vanessa N. Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest anime movies ever just got more AWESOME!!!
Still one of the greatest anime movies ever made, and finally on Blu-ray!!! The pic is how the anime box will look too, and its not your typical blu-ray box which just makes it... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Alex Tyte
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Anime is Dead!
Some series I really enjoyed are Cowboy bebop, ghost in the shell and Samurai champloo. Not sure what kind of anime you like but these were pretty good for me.
Sep 4, 2009 by semore butts |  See all 16 posts
When in HD?
i hope you guys understand that they were capturing film in the old days (and nowadays too) (You would need at LEAST a 30 megapixel camera to attempt to match the quality on 35mm film)

So to say that they didn't film in HD in the past is incorrect. HD is just a marketing term to get people to... Read more
Aug 27, 2010 by Collins Chang |  See all 24 posts
2-DISC DISNEY RELEASE!?
>>I can't wait to view it in its original Japanese vocal track.

You don't have to wait, the current release has the complete, original Japanese-language audio track: Main menu >> Setup >> Spoken Languages >> Japanese.
Mar 27, 2008 by koko the talking gorilla |  See all 11 posts
Video Quality Problem
I have this issue as well, just purchased it recently
Dec 10, 2011 by Bill Brasky |  See all 6 posts
anybody who doesn't like anime like this movie enough to own it?
I don't like Anime, but the work of Miyazaki is beyond reproach. Especially Mononoke. It's incredible.
Apr 6, 2011 by Alexander M. Walker |  See all 5 posts
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