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Claire Danes (THE MOD SQUAD), Minnie Driver (GOOD WILL HUNTING), and Billy Bob Thornton (ARMAGEDDON, SLING BLADE) head a cast of hot Hollywood stars who lend their talents to this exquisitely animated, overwhelmingly acclaimed adventure epic! Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka (Billy Crudup -- WITHOUT LIMITS) sets out for the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi (Driver) and a proud clan of humans against the forest's animal gods...who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke (Danes), a young woman raised by wolves! Also starring Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES) and Jada Pinkett Smith (SCREAM 2), this monumental struggle between man and nature will have you transfixed with amazement as stunning artistry blends with epic storytelling to create a uniquely entertaining motion picture!
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
Even though I'm not a very big anime fan these days, this film is enjoyable.Published 7 days ago by Zachary Lukes
When I first started watching Studio Ghibli (this was when I was around 10 or 11), I noticed "Princess Mononoke", but initially dismissed it because of its rating: PG-13... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Divergent Hobbit
One of the best animated feature films ever created.
Story is phenomenal and characters are unique.
I waited for a Blu-ray version for 7+ years from Disney. Read more
This movie is amazing. While not for small children like most of Studio Ghibli's films it is still pure magic and should be added to you collection.Published 16 days ago by Katrina Gordon
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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 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
|Video Quality Problem||
I have this issue as well, just purchased it recently
Dec 10, 2011 by Bill Brasky | See all 6 posts
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