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Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 7

With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 3

With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.

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This $20 million animated adventure/fantasy quickly became the highest grossing Japanese film in Japanese film history (making $150 million in Japan during its first seven months). Set in the 14th century, the ecology-themed epic was directed by Hayao Miyazaki whose previous films were acquired by Disney for U.S. distribution plus other territories. Princess Mononoke depicts a mystical battle between Animal Gods of the forest and humans during Japan's Muromachi Period. Young Ashitaka receives a

Dec 19, 2000

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This handsome, beautifully designed Japanese animated film has the size -- though not the clarity -- of a great Japanese film epic.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Miyazaki's hordes of animators haven't penetrated beyond the skin; the moving creatures feel inarticulate and jerky, almost weightless, particularly when played against painterly background mattes.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The film's strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Anyone who relishes seeing the reach and scope of the genre redefined should not miss this marvelously accomplished picture.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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You'll see why, in animation circles, Miyazaki himself is considered one of the gods.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Princess Mononoke's greatest feat is in crafting a story that could've been so easily simple, but manages to be more morally complex than even the most epic live-action films.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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With a Luminist's attention to light, water, shadow and smoke, Miyazaki creates an epochal story born of history, myth and Shinto animism.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

This imaginative and intriguing Anime deserves all the plaudits heaped upon it.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Miyazaki's world is stunning for its richness and imagination.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

This highly imaginative and beautifully rendered fable of ancient Japan comes from writer-director-master animator Hayao Miyazaki and is told with the scope and epic flair of the best live-action adventure films.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The highest-grossing Japanese film of all time is a luxuriously animated legend of ancient gods going head to head with mankind and industry over the balance of nature.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The animation -- from elaborate (the supernatural creatures) to simple (a rain shower) -- is superb.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

It's more thoughtful and varied than the average Hollywood cartoon, and its environmental message is appealing.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Highlighted by a sparkling, translucent Forest Spirit that only emerges at night, tiny skeletal creatures with clicking swivel-heads, and a truly magical denouement, Princess Mononoke is still a formidable achievement, if not a resounding success.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Watching the way Miyazaki and his animators can make a misty cloud drift across the screen is nothing less than pure bliss.

March 5, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comments (2)
LarsenOnFilm

It is too ambitious, too sure of its own vastness to love it; it demands respect more than affection.

March 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke lays out the gods and the demons.There is an interesting story to tell and it does have a lot going for it. The uniqueness of the plot details and the likability of some of the characters hold interest; however, the film slows down in places and the finale was overly long leaving a run time easily over 2 hours.The animation of the characters and even the violence, which is more adult oriented, are nicely drawn. Other elements, including the gods, are more abstract and weird, but don't feel out of place in the grand scheme of things.Yoji Matsuda and Yuriko Ishida lead a Japanese cast that provide satisfying voice work for each of their respective characters. No problems in this department.Princess Mononoke does a lot of things well. It's the drawn out story that is the biggest disappointment.
February 11, 2014
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JY Skacto

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Miyazaki returns to the ecological message explored in Nausicaa and elevates it to an epic level in this superb story of man versus nature, and only more wonderful than its astounding visuals and score is to see so many complex characters who can't be defined as heroes or villains.
January 28, 2014
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

A much more action-oriented Hayao Miyazaki film that boasts intoxicating animation that beautifully combines traditional with computer-generated and a suitably complex and epic plot. Also one of the more violent Studio Ghibli flicks (far from a blood bath but the film's violence justifies it's PG-13 rating), so it may not be suitable for younger children. Despite it's slightly bloated runtime, this is a very well-rounded eco-themed fantasy epic.
November 26, 2013
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

i am a big fan of miyazaki, and i think this may be my favorite of all his films. really this is one of the best animated films i have ever seen. the oddities and animation style are all typical for ghibli, but there was something specific about this story, as with my neighbor totoro, that i really resonated with. the characters and plot structure are so epic and yet so personal. a wonderful film.
November 20, 2012
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danny d

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    1. Oracle: You can not alter your fate, my prince, however you can rise to meet it if you choose.
    – Submitted by Ben M (12 months ago)
    1. Lady Eboshi [English Version]: What exactly are you here for?
    2. Ashitaka [English Version]: To see with eyes unclouded by hate.
    – Submitted by Haley P (21 months ago)
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Foreign Titles

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  • Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke) (UK)
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