Princess Mononoke

This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 release of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime film Princess Mononoke (in Japan, the US release was 1999).

Although most of Miyazaki’s films are for children and a broader audience, Princess Mononoke was meant for adults.  There are many discussions that can be held over this tale, and many interpretations which can be made. So without getting too detailed, it takes a look at how human industry and hate affect the planet as a whole.

A friend and I saw this film once, long ago in the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo, California. Although it is animated with many soft lines, there is violence and a certain harshness. However the violence is non gratuitous and the harshness reflects the callousness that people tend to show towards others and to nature itself.  Few films have echoed so often and so strongly within my memory. Perhaps this is because to me, the story is hugely relevant today.

I’m not able to share the complete film with you, but have a look at the trailer via YouTube here:

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