Princess Mononoke (1997)

 ●  Japanese ● 2 hrs 14 mins

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While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy.
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Cast: Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida

Crew: Hayao Miyazaki (Director), Atsushi Okui (Director of Photography), Joe Hisaishi (Music Director)

Rating: M (Australia)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Release Dates: 12 Jul 1997 (India)

Tagline: The Fate Of The World Rests On The Courage Of One Warrior.

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as Ashitaka
as San / Mononoke-Hime
as Moro-no-kimi
as Usi-kai
as Okkoto-nusi
as Tatara's Women Song
as Jiko-bô
as Jibashiri
Supporting Actor
as Kouroku
as Hii-sama
as Toki
as Woman in Iron Town
as Yama-inu
as Eboshi-gozen


Associate Director
Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Assistant Producer


Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Foley Editor
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Effects Editor


Film Type:
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby, Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
The Fate Of The World Rests On The Courage Of One Warrior.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Princess Mononoke (English)
After Ashitaka is shot through the chest in one scene, San rides with him on the back of his red deer Yakul, and blood from his wound is seen on Yakul's back. The blood stain disappears after Ashitaka falls to the ground.

In a scene where Ashitaka swims to Iron Town during the battle, there is a shot of the water. In the next shot, there is a floating corpse not visible in the previous shot.
Hayao Miyazaki personally corrected or redrew more than 80,000 of the film's 144,000 animation cels.

Hayao Miyazaki had intended to this be be his final film before retiring. Its great success led him to do another, Spirited Away (2001). He made some more films in the years after that.

Princess Mononoke (1997) replaced E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) as the biggest grossing film of all time in Japan until Titanic (1997).

With a runtime of 134 minutes (2 hour and 14 minutes), it is the second longest animated film ever made after Final Yamato (1983) (165 minutes).

This is the last major animated motion picture to be filmed on plastic animation cels.

Produced for about 2.35 billion Japanese Yen (approximately US$23.5 million) it was the most expensive anime ever made at the time of its release.

Leonardo Di Caprio was originally considered for the part of Ashitaka.