Sunday 2 January 2005

Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

Superb Japanese animation from Hayao Miyazaki. This is the film he did before "Spirited Away" and shares much of the same style as that film. It's a wonderful cinematic creation from a fertile imagination exploring the man vs nature theme. One warming though. Yes it's animation but it's not a children's film. Lots of violence, blood and graphic war scenes. That said, I let my kids watch and they really enjoyed it. Like most animation, it can be a bit jerky and the lip-synch poor. It doesn't look like any computer animation was used. I found the ending satisfying but a bit ambiguous.

If you like Japanese animation, you shouldn't miss this. I'm looking forwarding to digging up Miyazaki's earlier works.

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