Princess Mononoke
Filmfest 2005

With its richly realized universe of gods and demons, its complex panoply of human characters and its poignant parable of the costs and benefits of human civilization, PRINCESS MONONOKE is more than a terrific animated film. It‘s a great work of fantasy, a classic quest narrative... On its most obvious level, it is a yarn about a heroic quest into the realm of the supernatural, a storytelling mode as familiar as the legends of Beowulf, Siegfried or Hercules. But it also offers a complicated and untraditional view of gender and a highly contemporary lesson about human economy and its inevitable effect on the environment, along with a steadfast refusal to think in simplistic good-vs.-evil equations. Andrew O'Hehir , www.salon.com

tags: Animation

Credits

Director: Hayao Miyazaki