Princess Mononoke 1997

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Hayao Miyazaki's magical box office hit in Japan is re-presented here for the US and UK market using voices of Hollywood stars such as Claire Danes, Billy Crudup and Minnie Driver. Ashitaka (Crudup) is a young warrior who travels to the forests of the west in order to search for the cure which will save him from a terrible curse. But almost as soon as he arrives he gets caught up in the prolonged battle which rages between the humans and the forest animals, the former being led by Lady Eboshi (Driver), and the latter by San (Danes), a young woman raised by wolves.

Starring:
Billy Crudup, Tetsu Watanabe
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Billy Crudup, Tetsu Watanabe, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Yuko Tanaka, Akihiro Miwa, Jada Pinkett Smith, Minnie Driver, Yoji Matsuda, Sumi Shimamoto, Yuriko Ishida, Billy Bob Thornton
Voice over Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver, Corey Burton, Keith David
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Genres Anime, Science Fiction
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 22 October 2001
Main languages Japanese
Dubbing English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Billy Crudup, Tetsu Watanabe, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Yuko Tanaka, Akihiro Miwa, Jada Pinkett Smith, Minnie Driver, Yoji Matsuda, Sumi Shimamoto, Yuriko Ishida, Billy Bob Thornton
Voice over Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver, Corey Burton, Keith David
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Genres Anime, Science Fiction
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 19 May 2014
Main languages Japanese
Dubbing English
Subtitles English

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By MT on 8 Mar. 2007
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "matthew2501" on 9 Sept. 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul S. Bird VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I heard that this film was finally coming out over here I was very excited. I'd never seen it before, but had seen other works of Hayao Miyazaki such as Totoro and Cagliostro. I was worried when I heard it had been bought and dubbed by Disney, fearing another mangled and edited poor translation as happened with Nausicaa /warriors of the wind.
However, the translation is superb - done by no less than Neil Gaimen of Sandman fame - and the voice acting actually very good, with little of the poor acting and odd characterisation we've come to be used to. Perhaps the translation looses us some of the finer points, but none the less, it's superb.
The film - What can I say? This is an epic tale that will draw anyone in who starts watching it, no matter how old they are. I watched this with my father, who's not a fan of animation (especially not Japanese animation), and he was enthralled, loving the beauty and the characters. It's certainly not a children's film, as it becomes quite dark towards the end. Dealing with themes such as mankind's effect on the environment and the destructive power of anger, this film tells the tale of the conflicts between a group of humans and a group of nature gods. Some scenes have echoes of Nausicaa, especially in character designs, and fans of Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood books will find much they like here. Scenes of the Forest Spirit changing from the Night Walker to a multi horned, human faced deer that can walk on water have a strange magical pagan feel to them, and an eerie beauty.
I'm trying not to say too much about the story as to give things away would be a crime if you've not seen the film before.
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