One of the first movies that come to mind when the name “Studio Ghibli” is mentioned is the masterful Princess Mononoke. Written by the world renowned Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki, the 1997 film is a historical fantasy world set in the Muromachi Period of Japan. It follows the story of the main character Ashitaka, the last prince of an Emishi village. A battle with a demon leaves the prince with a lethal curse, and he must leave home in order to search for an elusive cure. The film takes a twist on protagonists uncommonly seen at the time, in which Ashitaka fights a lonely war, and also tells the story of the human’s selfish consumption on the Earth’s natural resources. Princess Mononoke is a 133 minute experience worth watching because it comes from a studio that is known to produce extraordinary films, it boasts a unique animation style and characters, and the meaning that the film portrays is universal.
The names Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki seem to carry with them a connotation of greatness; this is for a good reason. Hayao Miyazaki has had a hand in writing, producing, and directing films such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have spread across various countries outside of Japan to be enjoyed by a wider audience. Studio Ghibli prides itself in its films, even so much as enacting a “no edits” policy for other language adaptions. This prevents scenes and potentially important scenes from being needlessly removed while preserving the story of the movies in full. Miyazaki alone is an acclaimed creator in the film industry, and this shows through the many achievements during his career. The films that Miyazaki worked on have collectively received a total of ninety-four...
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...ings to take away from this film, and no matter the current time period of the real world, messages of human consumption and personal battles will remain universal for years to come.
Princess Mononoke is a film that can be watched carious times, and each time will act as though one is viewing it for the first time. Realism and fantasy is beautifully combined in an immersive experience that an audience can enjoy. The plot is well crafted despite being thought up with scripts, and the characters show a realistic value in a fantasy settling that which viewers can relate. The fact that it is a Studio Ghibli film adds to its credibility because the studio is known for producing several award winning films, Princess Mononoke included. It is deserving of its many awards because, with its unique characters, storytelling conventions, and art form, it is a film worth watching.
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