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Princess Mononoke: Best Studio Ghibli movie

Score 100%

Since 1984, Studio Ghibli has enchanted us with amazing movies and while they are all great, some are more than that.

Hayao Miyazaki is a master. A god some would say in the anime world.

He delivered us Castle in the sky (1986), My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), Ponyo (2008) and my personal favourite Princess Mononoke in 1997.

It is a masterpiece with as many horrifying as beautiful moments. Don’t delay if you haven’t seen it yet. This one is not to be missed.


A captivating story encased is mesmerizing visuals.

Ashitaka is a young warrior. While saving his village from a Boar Gog, he gets cursed to a slow and certain death. He decides to head for the forest in search of a Shishi-Gami (a Deer-God) that he believes can cure him. But he soon learns that the forest is the ground for a battle that is raging between humans and animals gods… who are led by a young woman raised by a Wolf-God, Princess Mononoke.

Can he find the cure? Will he have to choose a side in this war?

Princess Mononoke held Japan’s box office record when it came out in 1997 grossing more than 10 billion Yen. Only Spirited Away in 2001 was able to dethrone it and it is not surprising that it was so popular. This movie has an epic storyline and absolutely breathtaking visuals. In fact, it is the first Miyazaki feature to use computer graphics, and the first Studio Ghibli film to use digital colouring.  

It is also the first animated film ever to win a National Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year.


These days, there are angry ghosts all around us – dead from wars, sickness, starvation – and nobody cares. So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.


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Summary A young prince is cursed by a Boar-God and forced to journey into the forest to find a cure. There he encounters a war between nature and mankind and, in the middle of it all, Princess Mononoke.


About The Author

Jen P

Hi, my name is Jen and I work at the Spearwood Public Library. I help with the Home Library Service and take care of the new items that come in. I love movies so if you need help choosing one don't hesitate to come and ask me.

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