Y?ji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Y?ko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi
Hayao Miyazaki (Director), Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay)
Released: 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.
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.
Though about half way through the movie when everything is going right , it begins to turn into some horribly cheesy message about animals and humans befriending each other and sharing the world.