Princess Mononoke (1997) - "The Avatar of Anime"
| Princess Mononoke |
Claire Danes (THE MOD SQUAD), Minnie Driver (GOOD WILL HUNTING), and Billy Bob Thornton (ARMAGEDDON, SLING BLADE) head a cast of hot Hollywood stars who lend their talents to this exquisitely animated, overwhelmingly acclaimed adventure epic! Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka (Billy Crudup -- WITHOUT LIMITS) 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 (Driver) and a proud clan of humans against the forest's animal gods, who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke (Danes), a young woman raised by wolves! Also starring Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES) and Jada Pinkett Smith (SCREAM 2), this monumental struggle between man and nature will have you transfixed as stunning artistry blends with epic storytelling to create a uniquely entertaining motion picture!
Editor's NoteA beautifully realized tale of civilization versus nature, PRINCESS MONONOKE is a true epic by Japan's master animator Hayao Miyazaki. While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the warrior Ashitaka (Billy Crudup) is cursed with a rapidly spreading scar that threatens to end his life. Seeking a cure and a reason for the animal-god's attack, he journeys into the sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit's realm. On the edge of this once serene forest, however, the Tatara clan have begun to destroy the surrounding land to produce iron. In retaliation, San (Claire Danes), the adopted daughter of the wolf-god Moro (Gillian Anderson), has begun raiding the Tatara fortress to stop their encroachment. Soon Ashitaka is caught in the middle and must stop the war between the humans and the forest dwellers before they destroy each other.Miyazaki, who was personally responsible for 80,000 of the film's 144,000 hand drawings, uses the story's lush feudal setting as a character unto itself, filling the screen with vast mountainous landscapes and gorgeous wooded glens that recall his early film, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND. The film also features battle sequences that are reminiscent of the stunning live action warfare in Akira Kurosawa's RAN. The startlingly fluid movements of these mythological characters are detailed far beyond any other hand-animated production, easily making this one of the most spectacular animated films ever made.
|Gillian Anderson - Voice|
|Hayao Miyazaki - Editor|
|Toshio Suzuki - Producer|
|Minnie Driver - Voice|
|Takeshi Seyama - Editor|
|Joe Hisaishi - Composer|
|Neil Gaiman - Adaptation|
|Keith David - Voice|
|John DeMita - Voice|
|Billy Crudup - Voice|
|Hayao Miyazaki - Screenplay|
|Atsushi Okui - Director of Photography|
|Jada Pinkett - Voice|
|Billy Bob Thornton - Voice|
|Claire Danes - Voice|
|Hayao Miyazaki - Director|
|"You cannot alter your fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you choose."----Oracle to Ashitaka (Billy Crudup)|
|"To see with eyes unclouded by hate."----Ashitaka, explaining to Lady Eboshi (Minnie Driver) why he has traveled to meet the Tatara clan|
|"Now watch closely everyone. I'm going to show you how to kill a god."----Lady Eboshi to the hunters|
|"The Shishigami will never die. He is both life and death itself. He told me to live."----Ashitaka to San (Claire Danes)|