Miyazaki Madness: PRINCESS MONONOKE

Director Hayao Miyazaki
Year 1997
Starring Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida and Yûko Tanaka
Rating PG-13
Run Time 144min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Screening on 35mm film. Original Japanese language with English subtitles. See what other Miyazaki films we will be screening this month here.

Full of myth, magic, creation, and destruction PRINCESS MONONOKE stands as one of director Hayao Miyazaki’s crowning achievements.  The epic struggle of nature against human industry is shown here through the eyes of a young man caught up in the middle.  The gods of the forest are just trying to protect their home. 

The humans invading the woods are just looking for a little break.  And poor Ashitaka is just trying to figure out what is going on and why he’s become involved. 

PRINCES MONONOKE has all the signatures of Miyazaki’s classic films.  He sets a clear stance on what happens when the human race is at odds with the earth.  And he does it with a little bit more violence than is typical for a Studio Ghibli film (exciting!).  But don’t worry, the magic is still there. 

With giant wolves, adorable tree spirits, and the beautiful music of Miyazaki’s frequent collaborator Joe Hisaishi, you won’t be able to look away.  And you won’t want to either. (David Chisholm)

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