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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
this came out ages ago I wasn't really into anime the first film. I ever got from miazaki was spirted away I still have it, from then on I got his movies one after another they... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by mandy c
One of my favorites - it reminds all of why we must protect, share and be kind to others. Regardless if we are human, animal or spirit. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Alix E.
I haven't had a chance to watch it yet but I purchased it because I originally saw it years ago and remembered it being like the crown jewel of its genre. Amazing!Published 10 days ago by Brandon
A word of warning about the DVD being sold on Amazon if you are a fan of watching in Japanese with subtitles. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Chris
Cursed Ashitaka must journey to unravel the mystery surrounding a demon that attacked his village. Can relate to it if you, like me, struggle with inner demons, and trying to keep... Read morePublished 12 days ago by nic
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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 17 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 25 posts
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>>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
here you go pal.
Aug 22, 2014 by Deborah Slayton | See all 2 posts
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I have this issue as well, just purchased it recently
Dec 10, 2011 by Bill Brasky | See all 6 posts
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