in about 100 words or less
Japan 134m, Colour
Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Cast: Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yūko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi
Princess Mononoke is an animated historical fantasy set in medieval Japan which explores the struggle between the supernatural and natural world as played out between forest gods and humans who inhabit a place called Iron Town– which threatens the balance between humans and the rest of the natural world. Interestingly the line between good and evil is blurred by the actions of both worlds, and what emerges is a visually imaginative and beautifully animated movie which is based upon a thoughtful and an elaborate screenplay. Despite the credible American dubbed version performed by Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson and others, Princess Mononoke is best enjoyed subtitled with the original Japanese dialogue (Klaus Ming May 2011).