A Japanese animation adventure movie from celebrated production house Studio Ghibli
Whilst protecting his village from an attack, a young warrior, Ashitaka, is infected by a deadly curse. Leaving his home, he traces the source of the attack to a great Forest. Once there, he stumbles across a conflict between a group of settlers, lead by the formidable Lady Eboshi, and the animals who protect the forest, represented by Moro, a ‘Wolf-god’, and the bold human child ‘Princess Mononoke’ who she adopted as her own daughter after finding her abandoned years before. As Ashitaka struggles to make sense of the conflict, his infection grows stronger. All the while, larger forces circle the protagonists, both inside the forest and without.
Beginning like many fables in the mould of the ‘Hero’s Journey’. Princess Mononoke subtly morphs into something much more complex and compelling. As a battle of wills is played out between three bold and strong female characters, Ashitaka is just as often the voice of their conscience as much as an agent of action. Beasts show ‘humanity’, humans are apparently beastly, but then less so than the outsiders they seek to be free from. All stake a claim for survival in an environment that struggles to accommodate them all.
Princess Mononoke never forgets that it’s an adventure story, but it’s one that makes you question just whose side you’re on.
Gabriel organised an outing to see Studio Ghibli’s latest film, ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’, last August, and it was generally very well received. Here’s a chance to catch what may well be the pinnacle of the Studio’s achievements.
The film was made in 1997, and has a rating of 8.4 out of 10 from over 143,000 votes on the Internet Movie Database.
The screening is actually at 8.55pm, but we’ll get there a little earlier as seating is unreserved. It’s in its original Japanese language version, with English subtitles.
Tickets are £7.50 (or £5 to Prince Charles Members) and can be bought (HERE)