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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
I loved this movie. A Nice story, beautiful drawings etc. iT 's certainly a must see!Published 1 day ago by Ann Van Hoey
This movie is absolutely amazing! It's a fantastic story, but I know H. Miyazaki's movies, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed! :oDPublished 10 days ago by Araleh
This was my very frist anime movie that I saw on TV and I am glad to now have this in my collection. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lucy Annabelle Beacham
Brilliant film! If you are Studio Gibli fan and haven't seen it - buy it now!!Published 21 days ago by anon
Another fantastic studio ghibli film. Brilliant soundtrack, well voiced and has fantastic characters and story. If you enjoyed other studio ghibli films then buy this. Read morePublished 24 days ago by wilson93
Seen this twice now but was much better in HD and blur-ray what a brilliant and breathtaking film if your one for anime i would recommend this titlePublished 25 days ago by meggan jones