Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

DVD - 2000
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A young warrior searching for a cure for a deadly curse becomes entangled in a battle between a clan of humans and the forest's animal gods.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2000]
ISBN: 9780788820618
0788820613
Branch Call Number: PRINCESS MONONOKE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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LoganLib_Nan Sep 20, 2017

Hands down the best animated film ever made! Totally epic in scale. A must watch!!!

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TheeAvebury
Aug 12, 2017

A spellbinding epic with great characters, visuals and pathos.

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red_sheep_101
Jun 19, 2017

Exotic, gruesome, makes your heart beat fast, draws you in.

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empbee
Mar 21, 2017

Great animated movie with humanistic content. The technique used is impressive even after almost twenty years.

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GeoffFrizzell
Feb 18, 2017

This film converted me from merely interested into a fan of anime.

Three main elements contributed to this for me: Miyazaki's genius of course, generally good voice casting in both English and Japanese (and yes, I've also heard alternate English versions that were inferior), and Neil Gaiman's vastly improved interpretation of the script used on the final English version.

There's violence, but there's also a kind of respect and inevitability where it occurs.

As Ashitaka completes his Hero's quest, he unshirkingly makes the Right Choice at every moment. If that seems unrealistic, too bad. He's a prince the way they're supposed to be, noble, fair, just, and prepared to sacrifice himself for his best destiny.

This movie is all about facing inevitable change.
Might as well make the best of it!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 21, 2016

Princess is one of Studio Chibli’s best animated movie’s. Princess Mononoke takes place in ancient Japan. The movie opens to see the hero, Ashitaka, saving his village from a demon. Immediately a good start with an opening like that. After defeating it, he discovers a gruesome scar on his arm. He is told by the Village Elders that the scar is a curse, and will grow and infest his whole body, and to keep it from spreading to anyone else, Ashitaka is banished from the village. Thus, he sets off to find a cure for his curse. Before long he arrives at an Iron-mining town, ruled by a nature-abusing woman. From this point on, the plot gets so thick it’d be hard to write about it, and ultimately climaxes with a war between Man and Nature.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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rswcove
Dec 08, 2015

This film is easily the most violent of Miyazaki's career. And I expect viewers raised on gentler fare, such as the masterpiece 'My Neighbour Totoro' or 'Spirited Away', will be put off by this. However, the film is nonetheless a masterpiece and fits very strongly with both of Miyazaki's three great themes: strong female protagonists, the true cost of war, and the toll that human's are inflicting upon the natural world. This is, in my opinion the truest example of Miyazaki's three themes since 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind'. And like his other mature works, it offers few answers, only strong questions.

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 06, 2015

Where do I begin with this movie? I've put off watching it for so long but now that I've seen it, I can clearly see why lots of people I talk to who love Studio Ghibli tell me that it is Miyazaki's best film.
The story-telling was gorgeous. The art, as always, captured the true essence of the genre and the plot, and the way all the subplots and inner conflict wove together to create this complex story was very interesting.
The characters were varied and different. Interestingly enough, there really was no one antagonist who the "big baddie" of the story. There were semi-antagonists (Lady Eboshi is one good example, and even San herself, depending on whose perspective you're looking from) who have good qualities and good motives behind what they do, but are too caught up in what they want to see the big picture. Or, as the movie puts it in Ashitaka's own words, to "see without eyes full of hate". Ashitaka himself was moving, one of the most strong, noble, interesting male main characters I have ever seen in a Ghibli film. He is so calm and confident, skilled with a weapon, but also compassionate, good-hearted, and protective of all: humans, nature, and a certain princess in between. His peaceful outlook brings balance to the otherwise chaotic ongoing war betwixt the other main characters of the cast.
The pace of the movie flowed relatively well. Things escalated generally in a climatic order, and there were some scenes/moments that make you wonder if your eyes are working right. I have only one complaint when it comes to the story: at the very end, when the major battles took place, it was a little hard to keep track of which sides people were on and who was fighting who. There seemed to be this third party (no spoilers) that showed up near the end that hadn't even made an appearence till then and just served as means to an end. I really don't know if I missed something or what, but it was just a little confusing. Otherwise though, the plot of the movie flowed decently.
Granted, this movie is much heavier than Miyazaki's others, more violent (with fights scenes, blood, gore, gun wounds, stab wounds, explosions, etc.), more thematic, and containing more complex themes. Definitely something for older audiences, at least 14 or 15. But this movie is definitely worth a watch for anyone old enough. Please, give it a chance. You will not by any means regret it. I can say truly that it is one of the best Studio Ghibli films I have ever seen, right up there with Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, and Spirited Away.

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VV12
Nov 13, 2015

Darker, a little more involved, and much more violent than your average Miyazaki film, but without a doubt one of his best. Don’t think that just because it’s one of Ghibli’s more mature movies that it will be slow or sad. There are many somber moments, but also plenty of thrilling action, along with a heartwarming conclusion.

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ironchef345
Sep 08, 2015

I was truely disappointed. I watched up to the part shortly after Ashitaka left the village and knew it was going to be too violent to keep going. I was disappointed to stop because i was truely smitten with the story.

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ByrdeeWolfSpirit
Nov 11, 2017

"The trees cry out as they die, but you cannot hear them..."
(this sounds like MY mom)

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

"What I want is for the humans and the forest to live in peace!"

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

"These days, there are angry ghosts all around us. Dead from wars, sickness, starvation, and nobody cares. So you say you're under a curse. So what. So's the whole damn world."

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

"You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you so choose."

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

"In ancient times, the land lay covered in forests, where, from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony, but as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed. Those that remained were guarded by gigantic beasts who owed their allegiances to the Great Forest Spirit, for those were the days of gods and of demons."

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

"Look, everyone! This is what hatred looks like! This is what it does when it catches hold of you! It's eating me alive, and very soon now it will kill me! Fear and anger only make it grow faster!"

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

"Ugh, I smell like a human."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Kôhroku: Huh, I didn't know the Forest Spirit made the flowers grow.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Ashitaka: That's a relief. I was starting to think I'd done something wrong by bringing him back home.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Toki: Thanks, stranger. My husband's an idiot, but I'm glad he's safe and sound.

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empbee
Mar 21, 2017

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GeoffFrizzell
Feb 18, 2017

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VV12
Nov 13, 2015

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Jun 02, 2015

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Apr 15, 2014

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Oct 28, 2013

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Aug 31, 2013

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khs00
Nov 24, 2012

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forever_ice17
Oct 21, 2012

forever_ice17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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forever_ice17
Oct 21, 2012

Violence: Gory limbs and lots of explosions.

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

Coarse Language: Damn is said a few times, as is "bastard" (twice) and "piss" (once).

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There's some slight intensity to the action scenes. Also, black goo pours out a body. A creature under a magical curse gets covered with what look like a mass of worms (it's not pretty, but it's not particularly frightening).

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

Other: Sake is consumed by a few characters (but, to be fair, you probably wouldn't even notice).

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

Sexual Content: The idea of women working in brothels is very briefly mentioned.

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britprincess1
Aug 05, 2012

Violence: Animals receive a bit of pain, in the sense that some get shot, a boar dies, dying bodies burn and deteriorate, and a boar spits out red sickly blood a couple of times in a row. Villainous warriors are decapitated and have their arms chopped off in one scene. But remember: this film is owned by a Disney affiliate.

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pod
Jul 06, 2008

Violence: My children found this film a bit scary when they were under the age of ten.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

A giant boar-demon attacks an Emishi village and the protagonist, Ashitaka, is forced to fight and kill him. In the struggle, Ashitaka receives a curse on his right arm,[2] which grants him superhuman strength but will eventually kill him. Under the advice of the village wisewoman, he leaves to travel to the west in search of a cure. After some traveling, he meets Jigo, a wandering monk who tells Ashitaka that he might find help from the forest spirit of a mountain range populated by giant animal-gods. Iron Town, located in that range, continually clears the nearby forests to make charcoal to smelt ironsand and produces advanced firearms, leading to battles with the giant forest beasts. Among these animals are giant wolves accompanied by San, who the villagers of Iron Town call "Princess Mononoke." She is a young human woman who was adopted by the giant wolf goddess Moro.

papillonvert Jan 26, 2012

Film in a Sentence: A young prince defends his village and ends up pulled into a conflict far beyond anything he could have imagined.

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zorg
Apr 18, 2009

In western Japan, a former prince, exiled from his own village for his mysterious scar, put on his arm by a demon, Travels far to find the forest spirit, the only one who can heal his wound before it kills him.

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