Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke (1997, JAP) C-134m. *** D: Hayao Miyazaki. Starring the voices of Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Tetsu Watanabe. Top-notch animated fantasy about a warrior, who is fatally wounded by a giant boar and goes on a journey to find out the reason for its attack. It turns out the spirits of the forests are in upheaval, as a ruthless ruler is about to destroy the woods for the sake of her iron production. The warrior teams up with mysterious Princess Mononoke, who lives with the wolves and is half-girl, half-spirit. Mythical, engrossing fantasy creates a similar kind of awe and wonder as Ridley Scott's LEGEND (1985). Intelligent story, excellent score, a winner from start to finish. Original title: MONONOKE-HIME. English version features the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Bob Thornton, Lewis Arquette.


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