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Princess Mononoke (1997)

Japan 134m, Colour
Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Cast: Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yūko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi

mononokePrincess 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).

7 comments on “Princess Mononoke (1997)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    05/16/2011

    I think I’ve only seen it dubbed. What a great excuse to watch it again. 🙂

    BTW, how come Miyazaki doesn’t show up in the “Directors” list over on the lower left there?

    • Klaus
      05/16/2011

      It’s weighted. I think I have to review three or more films by a director to have it show up. I’ll check it out.

    • Klaus
      05/19/2011

      I picked up Ponyo this weekend, look for a third Hayao Miyazaki review soon, and his name in the Directors list.

      • Anthony Lee Collins
        05/19/2011

        Look forward to your review of Ponyo. I enjoyed that movie a lot.

  2. movie guy steve
    05/16/2011

    The more anime I watch, the more it seems to be made for people other than me. I just don’t get it.

  3. Tom Clift
    05/16/2011

    Definitely one of my favourite Miyazaki films…I love how he plays with our expectations of characters. A great movie

  4. Anthony Lee Collins
    05/19/2011

    Oh, and once Miyazaki appears in the list, I’m going to start pestering you about reviewing more Orson Welles. Fair warning. 🙂

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