Princess Mononoke, Mononoke Hime in Japanese, was first released in 1997 in Japan. It then came to the United States in 1999. It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie has now grown into a classic. The main theme through out he movie is environmental preservation, but it also deals with disability and sexuality.
Princess Mononoke is widely considered a Miyazaki classic. It is widely known as a great movie. And, when people think of Miyazaki movies they know the movie will be great. This is normally true. Just because they are great movies that does not mean they are perfect movies.
Now before I continue, there will always be some one who says “Miyazaki movies are perfect and Amazing! How dare you!” Well if that is how you think please do continue on to an other blog or an other site. These are my options and my site so I can say what ever I want. Wahahaha! That being said I ‘m not a total ass. So, if you want to discuss this please do. I love comments and would love some from you, too.
I main problem I have with this movie is it’s long. It’s over two hours and for any movie that is long. Some movies are over two hours and you can’t tell or don’t care. This one you can tell. I’m totally fine with it being that long, but there doesn’t really seem to be a reason for the length. Other then Miyazaki wanted it that long. From an editing prospective I can see it easily being cut by 15 or 30 minutes and it still having the same effect. There is a difference between cutting things out for time and editing for quality. This movie could use an edit for quality.
That all being said, I’m going to have to say this, Princess Mononoke is my favorite Miyazaki movie. It was also, my first Miyazaki movie. I like other works by him, too. This one will always have a place near and dear to my heart.
The main reason that I like this movie is Ashitaka and San don’t end up together in the traditional sense. They care about each other and want to be together but they are from two different world and those two worlds don’t come together well. I like this because in so many movies the two main characters end up together no matter what. Even if they are from two completely different backgrounds that would never mesh. Many movie relationships wouldn’t work in the long run or in real life. I really life you need to more then love to be with some one. Also, you can love some one and not be with them. This ending is very realistic and helps younger children under stand this.
Since the main audience of Studio Ghibli films are children and Miyazaki has stated many times that he is writing stories for younger. He writes these stories for younger to have heroes and to have a story that isn’t a romance. People need to realize how important realistic romance and stories with out romantic implications are for every one.
Can we take a minute to talk about Ashitaka. Though out the whole story he is never on any ones side. He is the ideal version of a neutral good. Though out the whole movie he is just doing what he feels is right. He never needs to be justified by any one or any thing. If he thinks it’s right he’s going to do it, no matter what any one else says. That is why he is one of my favorite male protagonist. Every one could benefit from being a little more like him.
All that being said, I love this movie. I think any anime fan should definitely watch it more then once. Or, any one who likes a story with a little bit of a fairy tale and myth woven through it, even if the plot is realistic and unfairy tale like.
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Photo Credit: Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli, Inc., Toho Co. Ltd.