Words by Ryan Rabey
‘Princess Mononoke’ (1997) is an epic Japanese film which was directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki of ‘Studio Ghibli’.
In the year 2000, the film was released in the dubbed American version featuring an all star cast including Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson and Yuriko Ishida.
The supreme ability that this film has to captivate audiences is because of the way it combines both historical and mythical aspects of Japanese storytelling which are demonstrated through beautifully detailed animation.
It is arguable that this film combines the epic adventure’s that persist throughout Homer’s ‘Odyssey’and the vivid transformations that are abundant in Ovid’s ‘Metamorphosis’.
The pace of the film’s narrative is also reminiscent of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ because of the way in which the story portrays the formative years of a young man who is constantly struggling to be part of a society which will accept him.
To conclude, I would advise you to watch this film! It is vivid and detailed spectacle that nevertheless maintains the prowess of a mythical tale. This film has been made with a unique devotion conveying a story that needs to be told. So please, spread the word!