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Princess Mononoke (Bilingual)

Y˘ji Matsuda , Yuriko Ishida , Hayao Miyazaki    Unrated   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (642 customer reviews)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An animated epic June 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
While Disney is regurgitating the same old formula year afer year and training us for the expected, what are the filmmakers doing over in Japan? They're simply turning out the most creative tales, jawdropping visuals and (especially in Miyazaki's films) the imaginitive UNexpected that animation has ever seen. After growing up spoon-fed with Disney, what I've seen of Miyazaki has effectively hit me over the head with a steel beam.
"Princess Mononoke" is absolutely an animated epic. I really think that "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" (with their epic journeys, warring factions and unknown lands) had a strong influence on this film, and they give you a good idea of the general plot and feel. Then, throw in samurais and a big helping of Japanese myth (which really isn't any more objectionable to western religion than our own Mother Earth myth, if this is a concern for you). Beyond any feel or ingredients list, though, is an awesomely complex and creative storyline, the like of which I've never seen before in an animated film. I belive that this film is so good that it could easily stand being done in live action and could be huge on the scale of a LoTR movie (no joke). Princess Mononoke just "happens" to be done in animation.
Princess Mononoke really blew me away. I've never been a fan of Japanese animation, but I'm becoming a fan of Miyazaki. The difference is in the story and the creativity. I highly recommend Princess Mononoke to everyone, but especially to the average moviegoer who needs convincing to try it out. The only folks I'd like to warn are those who have a tendency to think or say "this is weird" 20 minutes into a film and give up on it. You have to have a little bit more of an open mind than Disney would like us to have. You'll be rewarded if you closely follow the film and have that open mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, english dub a little quiet May 5 2012
By SirKaid
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic movie. Lots of action, likeable characters, great music, the list goes on. The only problem I had with it was that the English voices were somewhat quiet at times, but if you've got good hearing, or you prefer subtitles, that won't be a problem.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Life is too short for this movie July 16 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Let's face it: animé, like sushi, is an acquired taste. I went to see this one because it drew solid reviews in the U.S., and because I happen to believe that all good films have certain storytelling elements in common, regardless of genre: strong characters, a well-crafted story, and pace, to name a few. PRINCESS MONONOKE nails the first one, falls short on the second, and fails miserably on the third.
Let's start with the good things: first of all, the animation is beautiful. Every hand-painted frame of this film is clearly the work of an artist and a perfectionist. Three of the main characters form an intriguing psychological triangle--the young, heroic Ashitaka, the mysterious San (who is also the title character), and the icy Lady Eboshi. Early on, the quality of the artwork and the appeal of the personalities involved fooled me into thinking that I was watching a great adventure film.
Then the story went on. And on. And on. I must have memorized every distinguishing mark on my watch from checking it so many times. Look, I don't mind an intricate storyline; I happen to be a big fan of gratifyingly complex plots. But a GOOD complex plot has craft, coherence, and shape; it also has a clear sense of where it's going, and it doesn't bore you to death as it's trying to get there. PRINCESS MONONOKE isn't content with 90 minutes' worth of material; no, anything less than epic scale would be unacceptable. Unfortunately, it's so heavy-handed and self-indulgent, so lacking in any sense of narrative structure, that it feels remarkably turgid and unenergetic despite the large helpings of action and violence.
Visually inventive? Yes. Wondrous to behold? Without a doubt.
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2.0 out of 5 stars VASTLY over rated film. May 16 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I'm a big fan of most of Miyazaki's films (especially "My Neighbor Totoro"), but this film is a disaster. The art is beautiful, and I've seen both the Japanese version (with english subtitles) and the American version. I originally thought that the director was taking for granted that I might understand some of the Japanese legends, but just about all of my Japanese friends said they didn't understand it at all, either. They likened it to a Japanese "Roger Rabbit" --another film that is really poorly constructed and has lousy animation. Japanese animation often looks beautiful and is well choreographed--but they still can't tell consistantly coherant stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie Feb. 2 2012
Format:DVD
This is a must see for an movie enthusiast especially if you like animated films. The artwork is captivating and moving. Hayao Miyazaki is a true artist with fantastic stories!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See! Feb. 26 2011
By SensFan
Format:DVD
I've watched anime shows for a little while now, but not very many anime movies. So I went and looked up a list of the best ones and randomly picked Princess Mononoke. I would not be disappointed. This movie, like all Miyakaki movies, is absolutely stellar. There are no cookie cutter bad guys, everyone make choices for their own reasons. The characters are well developed and relatable. The animation is gorgeous, and the music by Joe Hisaishi is haunting and beautiful. Do yourself a favor and buy this film, or at least watch it somewhere!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie Papas ever seen
Published 26 days ago by Alex Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki at his best
Love it. This to me is classic Miyazaki. This movie completely captured my attention, and made me love this artists works. A masterpiece!
Published 5 months ago by Blackrabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime treat
The movie was in excellent condition when it arrived.
I'm looking forward to watching it! Miyazaki is amazing
as usual!
Published 9 months ago by Deborah Quiring
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, decent DVD
Was exactly as I expected: a great movie on DVD, in a generic case made cheap enough to be sold at the price it's being sold at.
Published 11 months ago by Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars For gratitude from Japan
Thank you very much.
I really appreciated shipping to Japan. I'm so glad to get it.
Especially, I love this movie in the Studio Ghibli animation.
Published 15 months ago by aki
4.0 out of 5 stars Bon film d'animation japonais
C'est un classique de l'animation japonaise. Très bon film! Par contre, je ne le recommande pas aux enfants, il y a un peu de violence (membres coupés, monstres...).
Published 16 months ago by Lysanne
5.0 out of 5 stars movie purchase
i received the purchase in very good order and I will definitly use this company again in my future purchases
Published 18 months ago by Lorna Lohner
5.0 out of 5 stars bon
Mes frères m'ont fait connaţtre et sa sort des sentiers battus d'écouter cela, sa fait différent et quand mŕme une bonne histoire
Published on July 15 2011 by LiLy
5.0 out of 5 stars A sprawling epic that has a bit of everything
Here’s another film from Studio Ghibli that hasn’t yet seen a Blu-ray release. If you read my recent review of My Neighbor Totoro, you’ll know that I love Miyazaki’s animation,... Read more
Published on June 20 2011 by Steven Aldersley
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love it!! Very creative and beautiful. It's a little more serious than some of Miyazaki's other ones and doesn't quite beat my ultimate favourite, Howl's Moving Castle, but a... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2010 by Bek
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