Princess Mononoke (1997)

Japanese title: もののけ姫 

Comments on Movie: Princess Mononoke (1997)
"Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get." - Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times.

"On its most obvious level, Princess Mononoke is a yarn about a heroic quest into the realm of the supernatural, a storytelling mode as familiar as the legends of Beowulf, Siegfried or Hercules." - Andrew O'hehir,

"Brooding, occasionally bloody and often abstract, it explores animation's dramatic potential in wondrous ways." - Susan Stark, Detroit News.

"Epic, mythic, simply terrific, Princess Mononoke brings a new kind of animation experience to the American moviegoing mainstream." - Jay Carr, Boston Globe.

"A great epic film in animation. Vivid, imaginative and well thought out." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Epic Fantasy Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature  

Princess Mononoke (1997) Trailer

Princess Mononoke (1997) at a glance
Princess Mononoke (1997) is animated epic adventure fantasy film by Hayao Miyazaki. It was the highest grossing film of all time in Japan until Titanic (1997) was released later in that year.

Princess Mononoke (1997) Synopsis
Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka sets out for the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi and a proud clan of humans against the forest's animal gods, who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves!
Movie Review: Princess Mononoke (1997)

Ashitaka and San.

Princess Mononoke (1997) is vivid, imaginative and well thought out. Although there are strong element of hatred and ruthlessness shown in this film, it also has endearing creatures of both existing and supernatural worlds which is truly a delightful watch. This film is a beautiful fantasy film and the adventure here is skillfully narrated and realised just like other classic epics.

Wolf Princess and Wolf Goddess.

What can be learned from this anime film are a portion of life itself and the consequences of human's greediness and selfishness towards nature and its surroundings. The relationship between human and human, human and nature, supernaturals and everything else in this film are remarkable as it teaches us to respect and treat each other with kindness. Thus, Princess Mononoke (1997) is a great epic film in animation.

PS. I wonder how are the characters' lives are like after this film?

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
Classic epic movies fans and escapists will love this as it certainly is interesting!

Details of the movie
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yūko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Akihiro Miwa, Mitsuko Mori, Hisaya Morishige
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Epic Fantasy
Running time: 134 mins
Budget: USD 23,500,000 est.
Box office: USD 159,375,308 est.

Official website(s)

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Princess Mononoke (1997) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character

Red elk and the many Kodamas at the back.

I know there are some distinct characters in this film but what caught my attention most is this red elk named Yakul/Yakkuru. It might have been domesticated but it is quite strong physically and mentally even when it's out in the wild. Yakul also never leaves its owner (Ashitaka) no matter what, it always stays by his side even when he is gravely injured or surrounded by killer beasts. 

This adorable red elk is a true companion. ♥

Princess Mononoke (1997) Movie Quotes
Watched the English dub and these are typed with my iphone ><
  1. In ancient times the land lay covered in forest where from ages long past dwelt the spirits of the gods.
  2. Back then, men and beasts live in harmony. But as time went by, most of the forest were destroyed. 
  3. Those that remain are guarded by gigantic beasts who owe their legion?? to the great forest spirit.
  4. Those were days of Gods and Demons.
  5. It isn't human.
  6. The wisewoman is calling everyone back to the village.
  7. It's headed to the village. I got to stop it.
  8. Calm your fury, O mighty lord. Whatever you may be, god or demon, please leave us in peace.
  9. O nameless god, of rage and hate, I bow before you. A mound will be raised and funeral rites performed on this ground where you have fallen. Pass on in peace and bare us no hatred.
  10. Disgusting little creatures. Soon all of you will feel my hate and suffer as I have suffered.
  11. I afraid this is very bad.
  12. The stone said the boar god come from far west. He had some kind of poison inside him and driving him mad. A poisonous hatred that consume his heart and flesh and turn him into a demon monster.
  13. My prince, are you prepared to learn what fate the stones have foretold you?
  14. I was prepared the very moment when I let my arrow fly.
  15. Do we just sit here and watch him die?
  16. You cannot alter your fate, my Prince. However, you can rise and meet it if you choose.
  17. There is evil at work in the land of the west, Prince Ashitaka. 
  18. See what you can see with eyes unclouded by hate.
  19. You might find a way to lift the curse.
  20. The blood of our tribe is growing thinner and weaker with each generations. Now our prince has to cut his hair and never return, sometimes I think the god is laughing at us.
  21. Our laws forbid us from watching you go, Ashitaka. What comes past now, you are dead to us forever. Farewell.
  22. You think I care about that? I came to give you this so you won't forget your little sister.
  23. You are a man of few words.
  24. These days there are angry ghosts all around us, dead from war, sickness, starvation, and nobody cares.
  25. So you said you are under a curse? So what? So is the whole damn world.
  26. I was wrong to fight in that village. Two men were dead because of me.
  27. My point is everybody dies, boy. Some now, some later.
  28. They are just the pups. Wait til you see their mother.
  29. Hey little fella, are you showing use the way or just getting us more lost?
  30. It's gone, whatever it was.
  31. Actually, if it is not too much trouble ladies, I would like to see where you work.
  32. We have to work in makeup tonight.
  33. It's best not to pay them any mind, you know. Lady Eboshi spoils them rotten, that's why they are like that.
  34. Milady Lady Eboshi goes around buying the contract every brothel girl she can find!
  35. Happy women makes a happy village.
  36. There are a lot of people out there with their eyes on this iron.
  37. They are not for me. They are for the other women here. 
  38. How much more pain and hatred do you think we need?
  39. Forgive me milady. You must not make light of the boy's strength. Young man, like you, I know what rage feels like and grief and helplessness but you must not take your revenge on Lady Eboshi. 
  40. She is the only one who saw us as human beings. The world hates and fears us but she took us in and wash our rotting flesh and bandaged us.
  41. Life is suffering, it is hard.
  42. The world is cursed but still we find reasons to keep living. 
  43. Without those animal gods, the animals here will become dumb beasts once more. 
  44. When the forest is cleared and the wolves wiped out, this desolate place will be the richest land in the world.
  45. And Princess Mononoke will become human.
  46. The wolves stole her stole and now she lives to kill me. 
  47. The legend said the blood of the great forest spirit can heal anything, perhaps it can cure my poor lepers and might perhaps even lift your curse, Ashitaka.
  48. Smooth as silk. The perfect thing for ruling the world. Still too heavy for the girls.
  49. Better keep that kimono tight, girl.
  50. It's hard work, isn't it?
  51. Sure beats working in a brothel in the city, huh? 
  52. Here we get to eat as much as we want and the men don't bother us.
  53. Unless we want them to.
  54. It's the wolf princess!
  55. Can you hear me, Princess of Beast? It is me who you want and here I am. If you seek revenge to all the animals we have killed, well there are two women down here who I like you to meet. They want revenge as well. Their husbands killed by your wolves. 
  56. Princess of the wolves, don't go down there. Go back to the forest. 
  57. Listen to me, please! Don't throw your life away!
  58. The girl's life is now mine.
  59. I am sure she will make a lovely wife for you.
  60. There is a demon inside of you. It's inside both of you.
  61. I walk in through this gate this morning, now I am going to leave the same way.
  62. I am not afraid to die. I would do anything to get humans out of here.
  63. I knew that, the first moment I saw you.
  64. Stop this! You know you can't possess the human strength by eating them!
  65. We plant trees, human tear them up. The forest does not come back. If we kill the humans, we will save the forest.
  66. Wolf girl does not care, she is human.
  67. Uh, I smell like a human.
  68. You can go wherever you want to. You are free now.
  69. The legend tells us when day becomes night, the forest spirit turns into a night walker and at sunrise it changes back. 
  70. You know, you really should thank Yakul, he hasn't left your side this whole time. 
  71. The girl is San, my daughter.
  72. Humans are everywhere these days.
  73. Mother, please ask the forest spirit to save you.
  74. I have lived long enough, San. Soon the forest spirit will let me rest forever.
  75. Even if every one of us dies, it will be a battle that humans will not forget.
  76. Milady took this mountain away the dogs, boars and the beasts. And now that it's worth something, you want it. Well, you won't get it.
  77. You want some of our iron? Here, you go.
  78. You can't trust these men, they are strangers.
  79. Mora, why can't the humans and the forest live together?
  80. Typical, selfish, you think like a human. 
  81. San is my daughter, she is of the wolf tribe. When the forest die, so did she. 
  82. I caught a human parents violating my forest, they threw their baby at my feet and ran away. Instead of eating her, I raised her as my own. 
  83. Now, my poor, ugly, beautiful daughter is neither a human nor wolf. How could you help her?
  84. It's so quiet, I wonder where our little friends kodama went.
  85. That's what they want. They are trying to kill our sense of smell.
  86. The boars are a proud race. The last one left alive will still be charging blindly forward.
  87. Why chop the trees down?
  88. To make them angry, which makes them stupid.
  89. Mother, I have to go. Okkoto is blind. I must be his eyes. You understand?
  90. Stay here, I will come back for you.
  91. My warriors have come back to me from the land of the dead.
  92. Those are humans wearing the skins of your warriors to hide their scent. It's a trick!
  93. Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?
  94. Watch closely everyone, I am going to show you how to kill a god.
  95. The trick is not to fear him.
  96. I told you, a wolf's head still can bite.
  97. I am a human, so are you.
  98. I don't know but I don't like it.
  99. We can carry the sick and wounded.
  100. We are still alive, we'll manage somehow. Let's go.
  101. Look, everybody wants everything. That's the way the world is. And I might actually get it.
  102. Ashitaka, you mean so much to me but I can't forgive the humans for what they have done. 
  103. The crazy little wolf girl helped saved us all. 
  104. I give up, can't win against fools. 


  1. Kodamas!!! =D Whole movie is sad sad and sad. -Kevin


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