We all know and aware, at the same time in awe of how the Japanese intricately and passionately creates animated film, in fact a lot of these films are considered as the greatest of all time in the world, however, there are still a lot of people including the new generation are not aware of this masterpiece that the Japanese contributes to the world of film making and arts and one of it is the highly praised Princess Mononoke.
In this short article, let us discuss why Princess Mononoke is considered one of the best Japanese animated film of all time.
Before we proceed with the article, let us discuss first a backgrounder of what Princess Mononoke is.
Princess Mononoke or Spirit/Monster Princess is a 1997 Japanese animated epic historical fantasy film that was written and directed b Hayao Miyazaki and was animated by the very popular Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, as well as for Nippon Television Network and Dentsu and was distributed by Toho.
The highly popular Japanese animated film was started by Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Masahiko Nishimura, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Akihiro Miwa, Mitsuko Mori and Hisaya Morishige.
Set in the late Muromachi period or during the 1300’s particularly in the 1336 to 1573 era of Feudal Japan which was made colorful and interesting for its fantasy elements, Princess Mononoke followed the story of Ashitaka, a young prince of Emishi who was entangled himself between the struggle of the forest gods and the relentless human consumption and exploitation of the natural resources. The film was very relevant to the current situation of the world right now considering that there are a rampant exploitation and non-stop consumption of the finite natural resources of earth that greatly alarmed environmentalists and scientists, which if not slowed down might be the cause of the global catastrophe.
The term “Mononoke” is derived from the Japanese word for spirit monster, or in other popular folklore as shape-shifters, a common supernatural being that is related to mythology, and other supernatural belief in different cultures. The film was released on July 12, 1997, in japan and two years later it was released in the United States and emerged as a critical and highly successful commercial blockbuster that eventually earned itself as the highest-grossing film in Japanese history.
- STRONG FEMALE LEAD THAT IS A TOP NOTCH- Most Hollywood film always depict the masculinity and the glory of having a male lead role that we rarely see female leads making impact but not in Princess Mononoke. Even though it is an animated film, it was able to portray
- HONEST STORYTELLING- Its brutal and honest storytelling results to a cautious optimism that a lot of moviegoers loved. Its script and story is very significant to a lot of issues we are facing today that it hits us right in the feels when we watch it.
- INTRICATE DETAILING- Almost the entire animated film was drawn by hand and only a portion of it was generated by CGI which makes it a It achieved a huge feat in terms of artistic skills and details of the animation which left critics and moviegoers in awe.