Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

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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.

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stevania_k
Jan 05, 2020

Finally I realize I am not a fan of Ghibli, I only like my neighbour Totoro. The only part of this movie that is comforting is the end when everything becomes green again, and of course the cute Kodama.

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willpell
Dec 20, 2019

It took me until this year, viewing the film for probably the third time, to feel like I fully understood it. Having achieved this, it has become one of my absolute all-time favorite movies of any variety, and certainly the best animated movie of all time (with two possible exceptions both coming from Pixar Studios, and that's a different kind of "animation" altogether). A challenging but masterful story, beautifully rendered and deeply moving; I can't possibly do justice to its brilliance with mere words. Go watch it now, twice.

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i_am
Jul 23, 2019

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Swishyskirt
Jun 28, 2019

A weird film carried by a reputation from a cult-like following. If you want something to make you cringe and ask questions which will never be answered, this is the movie to watch.

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samjenks
Apr 23, 2019

Lots of spirits, I think every animal had a god. I think it would have better to make the supernatural movie without all that god stuff.

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cbailey13
Dec 20, 2018

I still can't decide if this or Spirited Away if my favorite Ghibli film. Regardless, Mononoke tells a wonderful tale about man vs nature that is brought to life with the as always beautiful Studio Ghibli animation. The Deer God creeps me out though.

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WoodneathReads
Sep 21, 2018

If you've never watched an animated film for adults before, now's the time to start. Princess Mononoke is a powerful, beautiful story about humans and the world we inhabit, set among the forests of ancient Japan. Not only is the film deeply moving (the English translation of the script was written by Neil Gaiman, so you know it's great), but the animation is gorgeous.

Princess Mononoke is one of my all-time favorite films. Give it a try and I'm sure you'll love it too!--Lizzie (See more of my picks by following WoodneathLizzie)

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WoodneathLizzie
Sep 13, 2018

If you've never watched an animated film for adults before, now's the time to start. Princess Mononoke is a powerful, beautiful story about humans and the world we inhabit, set among the forests of ancient Japan. Not only is the film deeply moving (the English translation of the script was written by Neil Gaiman, so you know it's great), but the animation is gorgeous.

Princess Mononoke is one of my all-time favorite films. Give it a try and I'm sure you'll love it too!

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technic11
Aug 16, 2018

Miyazaki's best!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 25, 2018

This Studio Ghibli classic tells the tale of a timeless love, the consequences of abusing the environment and the magic properties of the earth. Ashitaka develops a deadly curse after saving his friends from a violent boar made of worm-like creatures and was driven out of his village. Now on a hunt to a deer god and a cure, Ashitaka travels the land and begins to see something intriguing and troubling. There is a village where residents are destroying habitats in order for them to prosper. The leader also seems to thrive in killing creatures of the forest which greatly disturbs the balance. Then, there is a mysterious girl that runs freely with majestic, white wolves and will do anything to protect her friends and home. This is one of my favourite movies by far because of the gorgeous visuals, the immersive storytelling and the important themes that were discussed. I really enjoyed how there was some romance, but it was mostly about nature and protecting the earth. There were also extremely intriguing gods and spirits that acted like the earth’s essence which I really enjoyed. The music was emotional and the characters were really likeable, even the villain had a valid perspective that allows viewers to sympathize with.
Rating:5/5
@Iron_Rose of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The movie “Princess Mononoke” is a marvellous old classic anime movie. The animation of this movie was outstanding and is very similar to the animation of many anime movies. Comparing the animation of this movie to Hayao Miyazaki’s most recent movies, there is not much difference in the animation. However, the animation of the background and sincere of this movie was fantastic. “Princess Mononoke” has a well-produced plot with a war between animal spirits with humans. In this movie there is a young boy from a village far away and who is trying to stop the war and make peace in order for his “disease” to heal. The ending of this movie was a fantastic with finally making peace between both sides and healing Ashitaka's disease. “Princess Mononoke” has a theme of both adventure and fantasy, due to the spirits of the forest and the discovery of them. I believe that this movie is enjoyable for all ages due to the fact that it is a family movie and is quite appropriate to watch with little children. “Princess Mononoke” is truly one of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces. Rating 5/5
@Chichiro of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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blue_leopard_825
Nov 20, 2019

blue_leopard_825 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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yellow_giraffe_260
Sep 15, 2018

yellow_giraffe_260 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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empbee
Mar 21, 2017

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Feb 18, 2017

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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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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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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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