Y?ji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Y?ko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi
Hayao Miyazaki (Director), Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay)
Release: Jul. 12th, 1997
Runtime: 2 hours, 14 minutes
Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.
This movie is so cool it just leaks excellence and class. With Gillian Anderson as the Wolf Queen it rocks. The animation is seemless and so complecated it makes you weep!!
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Both sides have evilness and both sides have goodness and Miyazaki creates a main character that doesn't really judge, but rather helps to solve the conflict, although he's constantly repressed by his curse.
This and Akira were the two anime films that scared me away from the genre and after being scared back in by Spirited Away , I can't say my thoughts on this one have changed since my last viewing more than a year ago.
I can usually understand when someone praises a movie I hate, like how some people admire A Serbian Film for being unflinching, but I legitimately have no idea what princess mononoke has to offer anyone.