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Witness the majesty of celebrated animated film director Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece, PRINCESS MONONOKE, for the first time ever on Blu-ray High Definition. This exquisitely animated, critically acclaimed adventure from one of the most illustrious filmmakers of all time is now even more spectacular with dazzling HD picture and sound! Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka sets out to 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 and a proud clan of humans against the forest's animal gods... who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves. This monumental struggle between man and nature will have you transfixed as stunning artistry blends with epic storytelling to create a uniquely entertaining motion picture. Experience it like never before on Disney Blu-ray!|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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Possible spoilers here, but I also love that there is no happily ever after ending where Ashitaka and San get married and have a family and all that crap. I don't want to give too much away, but there is no everything turning out perfect. The film ends on a pretty good note, but not how you might expect. Which sometimes happens in real life too - stuff doesn't turn out picture perfect, but things will still work out in spite of some hardships.
Even if you're not a huge animation fan, this is still a wonderful film and I'd recommend it for the movie library of pretty much anyone. Even for anime, these characters don't have the huge freaky wading-pool eyes that some anime series have - they look pretty normal. If you're not into anime, don't let the art style discourage you - it's a worthwhile viewing experience.
Update: I just got a gift certificate for Christmas and bought this DVD. I watched it last night for the second time and was even more impressed. So much detail and forethought into the drawings and characters. There is a scene, in the beginning, where the male lead takes his bow off his shoulder and restrings it. I mean, how many illustrators would think of that? Most "cartoons" would just have the person shooting the bow. The shadows, the fog and rain...amazing artwork. But it isn't that alone. The stroy is really good and send a good message on protecting the planet. I have not watched the English-speaking part yet...I just love hearing the Japanese inflections. Could not believe how much strong language was used. Cursing on a cartoon? I didn't mind it. It fit the scene but I am guessing that the English-speaking option does not have it especially since Disney now owns it. Funny, touching and dramatic movie that I would have to put on my top movies of all time if watched in Japanese with English subtitles.