Studio Ghibli Festival: Princess Mononoke

Aunt Urania Chambers, far right, assists her niece Raivynn Shaw, 3, to get her celebration cake while other niece Chauncei Southwell, 13, far left, has her cake during Angelika Plano 10th anniversary event at Angelika Film Center in Plano June 23, 2014.

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No matter who you ask, "Princess Mononoke" is high up on most lists of top Hayao Miyazaki films. It's also one of the darker movies that Japan's highly acclaimed Studio Ghibli has released, but its fantastical story and beautiful animation is sure to stick with you. If you can only make it to one movie during the Angelika's Ghibli Festival, this would be a solid choice.

PRINCESS MONONOKE is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke the box office record on its original release in Japan.

While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. The girl Mononoke a force of nature – with blood smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.
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