Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)


Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)


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


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Directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, this anime has broken a number of box office records in its native Japan. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement, the story follows the battle between Princess Mononoke and a mining village.


Yôji Matsuda
as Ashitaka
Yûko Tanaka
as Lady Eboshi
Akihiro Miwa
as Moro the Wolf
Billy Crudup
as Ashitaka [English Version]
Claire Danes
as San [English Version]
Billy Bob Thornton
as Jiko [English Version]
Minnie Driver
as Lady Eboshi [English Version]
Gillian Anderson
as Moro [English Version]
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Sonji [English Version]
John DiMaggio
as Koroku [English Version]
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Critic Reviews for Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (36)

Done mostly in the style of hand-painted classic animation, with occasional digital assists, "Princess Mononoke is indeed a thing of beauty and imagination.

Dec 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 27, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Nov 27, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 27, 2013 | Full Review…

Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get.

Nov 27, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Anyone who relishes seeing the reach and scope of the genre redefined should not miss this marvelously accomplished picture.

Nov 27, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)


Miyazaki returns to the ecological message that he explored in Nausicaä and elevates it to an epic level with this splendid story of man vs. nature, and more wonderful than its stunning visuals and score is to see so many complex characters who can't be defined as heroes or villains.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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.

Christopher Heim
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.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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