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Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

As of 2001, PRINCESS MONONOKE is 1 of only two films to ever split million at the Japanese box place of work — the other is TITANIC.Before it at any time arrived in the U.S., this epic, animated 1997 fantasy experienced previously produced background as the prime-grossing domestic characteristic ever released in Japan, the place its mix of mythic themes, mystical forces, and ravishing visuals tapped deeply into cultural identity and modern day, ecological anxieties. For worldwide animation and anime enthusiasts, Princess Mon

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  1. Andrew L. Hsu
    274 of 296 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An outstanding gem — both the movie and DVD., December 19, 2000
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    Andrew L. Hsu (New York City, NY USA) –
    This review is from: Princess Mononoke (DVD)

    Wow. I first saw Princess Mononoke during its limited theatrical release (twice). Many people have issues with the dub, but this is by far the best dubbed anime ever to be released — I, like most anime fans, normally insist on subtitles, but Neil Gaiman and the cast succeeded in putting real emotion into these characters. The casting of Billy Bob Thornton and Claire Danes might rub some ears the wrong way, but in my opinion the emotional impact is still there regardless of the odd accents. In any case, the Japanese track is included, and it’s phenomenal. As for its content, most arguments about its violence and length can be dismissed by viewing it as a film, rather than as a cartoon. It’s not Disney. The plot is a complex and delicate exercise in shades of gray. Don’t expect Akira or Macross either — it’s really not of the same genre.

    The video and audio quality is the sort that you would use to show off your new home theater system. In fact, I found the Japanese soundtrack to be richer and better dynamically balanced than the English track (!). Disney/Miramax really took advantage of the format by including BOTH the Japanese and English opening titles and credits — they are automatically selected depending on your choice of language via an angle switch. Transparent and ingenious. There are two sets of subtitles — one for the English track, and the other is the literal translation of the Japanese (since some liberties were taken in creating the English script).

    Disney was originally going to release “Mononoke Hime” without the original language track, which created an outrage among anime fans (who, myself included, signed a massive internet petition which eventually turned the tide). I applaud this decision, as well as the splendid attention to detail. It has made this incredible movie an even better value.

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  2. Callie "chroi"
    94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful animation, you can’t go wrong with this one., March 5, 2000
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    This review is from: Princess Mononoke (DVD)

    This Miyazaki movie is for keeps! This is one of the few anime films from the many I have seen, that I will give a full 5 stars. You must give yourself a chance to see this movie at least once. I will definitely buy this DVD when it comes out. Plot is set in ancient mythological Japan where humans clash with humans and damages the environment. Great story, beautiful animation, very strong character development. Lots of action. You will see that a lot of work went into this film. Too bad, I can’t recommend this for kids for all ages, maybe around 15 yrs up, but you parents will be the final judge. No nudity, but there are quite a few blood and violent scenes (such as beheading). Don’t get me wrong, the story does not really focus on the violence. Watch it and you will know what I mean.

    I sure hope the other Miyazaki Anime will be released on DVD soon! (Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa, etc…)

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