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Princess Mononoke [Blu-ray]

Hiyao Miyazaki    To Be Announced   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Hiyao Miyazaki
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: ghibli
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BNY6WQ

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This epic, animated 1997 fantasy has 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


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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ghibli film yet. 8 Mar 2007
By MT
Format:DVD
In my opinion this is the best film from Studio Ghibli, and possibly the best animated film ever. This is because all of the different parts- the images, the story and the music- work together perfectly to transport the viewer to another world. Yes, it is set in Japan, but a Japan where iron was still a novelty and giant talking animal-gods ruled the land.

The imagery is probably the first thing that blew me away with this film. Even at the very beginning, there is about half a second of the hero, Ashitaka, riding through a wood, with the light and shade dappling his clothing so realistically that you are almost fooled into thinking it's a live-action shot they've sneaked in. The design of the characters, from the humans to the gods, is flawless, and some show real imagination (particularly the kodama).

The film's story is also brilliantly written, and never feels rushed or drawn out (although the ending feels a little abrupt). I won't waste time with a synopsis (as there's one above). I found that I became really emotionally attached to all of the characters, and you are constantly torn between which side you want to win; I eventually sided with Ashitaka, who basically just wants everyone to get along together, and although I found the ending a little rushed, it was extremely well done, and tied up most loose ends whilst leaving a sense of mystery.

However, it is the music that I think really makes this film stand out. The tunes are all beautiful on their own, but when paired with the imagery they help enormously to bring out all the emotions that Miyazaki (probably) intended. After hearing the song in the final scene, you'll have it stuck in your head for days.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS DVD ! 25 Sep 2001
Format:DVD
This is the best animated film I've ever seen. If you think you don't like japanese animation, get this, if you do like it, get this, if you're not sure, get this !
Absolutely everything here, is simply brilliant...
It's a shame Europe had to wait so long for this release, but now it's here, (again), GET THIS MOVIE NOW !!!!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki's epic masterpiece 5 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
Set in Muromachi Era Japan, near the end of the 1400s, this film depicts the painful transition from a medieval to a modern society, particularly focusing on humankind's changing relationship with nature. It follows the adventures of Ashitaka, a member of a hidden remnant of the extinct Emishi tribe of Honshuu, who is cursed by a tatarigami, a raging boar god who wants to take revenge on humans for the destruction of his forest.
Ashitaka's journey takes him through samurai wars and the mysterious virgin forest, which is still populated by nature gods in the form of giant animals and where he meets the elusive Mononoke Hime, to a mining village that is struggling against the revenge attacks of the gods. Ashitaka, who sympathises with both sides of the struggle between man and nature, must return to the forest to seek the shishigami nature god of life and death in order to lift the curse.
Miyazaki's masterpiece, possibly his greatest film, is highly recommended to all fans of anime. It is his most complete statement about his views on nature and man's impact on the environment. The animation is gorgeous, and nature is really lush and vivid. The music, written, as always in Miyazaki films, by Joe Hisaishi, is excellent and the sound effects are spot on. The action is just awesome, and there are lots of battles with gods and samurai which make this anime truly epic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best anime i've seen since Akira 9 Sep 2001
Format:DVD
One of Japan's most successful films finally gets a release in the UK. Essentially a tale of man's destruction of nature, the brilliant storytelling of Miyazaki presents us with one of the most enjoyable fantasy tales since Star Wars. Set in a time when forests cover the Earth huge forest Gods keep watch over the creatures that inhabit the woods. When young prince Ashitaka slays a Boar God turned Demon he's left with a curse on his arm that threatens to kill him. His only option is to travel to where the demon came from in hope of a way to lift the curse, instead he enters a conflict between the miners of Iron Town and the wolf clan of Moro and San, the Princess Mononoke. The english language version is suprisingly of high standard compared to other dubs of Japanese movies. Featuring the voices of stars like Gillian Anderson and Billy Bob Thornton i didnt find myself wishing to view it in its original language unlike Akira. Special mention must be made to the terrific score by Joe Hisaishi which adds to the emotion of the story. Mononoke doesn't have the cgi effects of Shrek and recent Disney animations but it has some of the most imaginitive ideas seen on screen whether it be live action or animation. One word of warning though, Japanese anime's don't hold back on violence and some scenes in Mononoke may not be suitable for young children, but if your dismayed at the lack of quality at the cinema this summer this is one blockbuster you may well want to check out and an absolute must for fans of Manga and Anime.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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As many of the other Ghibli movies this one maintains environmentalist views and the struggle between man and nature. It is quite a serious movie and its themes are a little mature for kids, with plenty of violence, the loss of limbs and realistic blood.

However the violence gives it an edge of realism and the great forest spirits in this movie are very interesting and quite cool. The relationships between the characters are believable and the story is no less than excellent.

Strangly this movie is one of the only ones i ever feel like coming back to. It gets better after every viewing, its animation is amazing for the time it was made and its just one of those films you have to see, whether a fan of anime or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animated films of all time
This is easily one of Miyazaki's and Studio Ghibli's best films. Out of all the ones I've seen so far, this is my 2nd favourite behind Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars should have been relesed ages ago.
just made for hd (as any ghibli movie is) can be a little dark at times and the scence when okoto the boar is encrouched by the huntsers in skins an squeels makes my skin crawl. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Steven Dunne
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a family film! but OK tale.
PG rating is a joke. I forgot how many times people had their heads and other limbs shot off. So perhaps not one for the kids. Read more
Published 22 days ago by T. Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars King of the World
Princess Mononoke is a delightful anime from the man who has come to define everything that is best about the genre, arguably, this was Hayao Miyazaki's calling card to the world... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robinski
5.0 out of 5 stars I havent seen it yet but...
The reviews are all good and I dont expect to be disappointed blah blah blah etc etc etcetera and more
Published 1 month ago by Edunit
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Just a joy to watch - fantastic story, realism, escapism, surrealism, strong characters - pure entertainment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skugzee
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally in Blu ray ... very nice
After a long wait, we finally have this great movie in bluray (english dubbed; english subtitles). The video quality is very, very good, I would give it a 4. Read more
Published 1 month ago by André St-Gelais
5.0 out of 5 stars Just mind blowing
I loved this film so much, it's beautiful to watch. The plot and characters and weird, unexpected, extraordinary; everything about it explosive with imagination and vibrancy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AnnaJ
4.0 out of 5 stars grrrrreatttt
All good delivered with haste lovely condition good price woo wooo wooooo . . . . . . . :)
Published 1 month ago by Mr A Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
This is such an amazing film! A must have for any Studio Ghibli fan! Just made me feel so many emotions!
Published 4 months ago by Elisha Davies
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