Princess Mononoke

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Princess Mononoke
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Miramax Films
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Burbank, CA
Miramax Home Entertainment
1 videodisc (ca. 134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Special features include: featurette, theatrical trailer, and French language track.
Originally produced as a motion picture.
Screenplay and original story by Hayao Miyazaki ; music by Joe Hisaishi.
A young warrior searching for a cure for a deadly curse becomes entangled in a battle between a clan of humans and the forest's animal gods.
a Miramax Films release ; Tokuma Shoten Nippon Television Network ; Dentsu & Studio Ghibli present a Studio Ghibli production ; a Hayao Miyazaki film ; produced by Toshio Suzuki ; directed by Hayao Miyazaki
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hile the story seems like a simple tale of humankind versus nature, there are many layers which complicate things. For starters, there are no outright evil people in this tale. Even Lady Eboshi, the ruler of Irontown and person most responsible for the destruction of the forest, is quite compassionate when it comes to other humans. She takes in lepers and women from brothels and gives them a place a work and live. There's also Jigo, who, while being quite self-centered, still exhibits very human traits and even helps out Ashitaka in the early goings. And, of course, I mustn't forget San, whose relentless drive to protect the forest leads her into deadly conflict with the humans. Yet, while she is an enemy of the humans, her intent is merely to save her own homeland.

Studio Ghibli has truly created a wondrous work in Princess Mononoke. Multiple conflicts abound with humans against humans, humans against nature, and even nature against itself. The conflicts are such that they are woven into an incredibly deep and satisfying plot. It's very refreshing to see a movie that is capable of such story-telling without resulting to simple cliches and tired rehashings of the same old story lines.