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Princess Mononoke (Studio Ghibli)

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.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119698/

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)

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  • Tweed -

    great movie! long for a reason: '...The "no cuts" policy was highlighted when Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein suggested editing Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable. A Studio Ghibli producer is rumoured to have sent an authentic Japanese sword with a simple message: "No cuts".'

    January 24, 2014

  • Clare

    hi it was a fun evening, apologies I had to leave early, was knackered! and it's a long film! hope you enjoyed :-)

    January 24, 2014

  • Stephen

    I'd like to speak for the Mononoke troop, I think we rocked it; as one does... Environmental awareness, moral ambiguity, alcohol insensitivity: all the major food groups were served.

    January 24, 2014

    • fredric f.

      Also evil worms. And really, really big boars. And mysteriously reappearing bridles.

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • Gavin

    Hi. I've sent out an e-mail with meeting details for tomorrow. Please let me know if you haven't received it.

    January 22, 2014

    • Maryam

      Yessss :)

      January 23, 2014

    • Ricardo G.

      AK, sent you an email

      1 · January 23, 2014

  • Amelia P.

    Hi I love the curzon soho bar awesome choice
    See you there

    January 23, 2014

  • Evelina

    I wanted to see this one for some time now. Do we just go to the movie or do we hang out before? :)

    January 13, 2014

    • Gavin

      Hi. We'll be meeting up beforehand for a chat and a drink in a bar nearby. I'll send round an e-mail to all those who have RSVPed, with details, closer to the date.

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first Studio Ghibli film, back in the day I had to import the Japanese DVD box. In the meantime I have even visited the Ghibli museum in Mitaka. :)

    January 11, 2014

  • Gabriel

    Ooh one of my favourite films, can't make it but enjoy it!

    January 11, 2014

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