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Princess Mononoke ( Japanese : もののけ姫 , Hepburn : Mononoke- hime , "Spirit/Monster Princess") is a 1997 Japanese animated epic historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki , produced by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho . The film stars the voices of Yōji Matsuda , Yuriko Ishida , Yūko Tanaka , Kaoru Kobayashi , Masahiko Nishimura , Tsunehiko Kamijo , Akihiro Miwa , Mitsuko Mori and Hisaya Morishige .

Princess Mononoke is set in the late Muromachi period (approximately 1336 to 1573) of Japan with fantasy elements. The story follows the young Emishi prince Ashitaka's involvement in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources. The term " Mononoke " ( 物の怪 or もののけ ) is not a name, but a Japanese word for a spirit or monster.

The film was released in Japan on July 12, 1997, and in the United States on October 29, 1999. It was a critical and commercial blockbuster , becoming the highest-grossing film in Japan of 1997, and also held Japan's box office record for its homemade films until 2001's Spirited Away , another Miyazaki film. It was dubbed into English and distributed in North America by Miramax , and despite a poor box office performance there, it sold well on DVD and video, greatly increasing Ghibli's popularity and influence outside Japan.

In Muromachi Japan, an Emishi village is attacked by a demon. The last Emishi prince, Ashitaka, kills it before it reaches the village, but its corruption curses his right arm. The curse gives him superhuman strength, but will eventually spread through his body and kill him. The villagers discover that the demon was a boar god, Nago, corrupted by an iron ball lodged in his body. The village's wise woman tells Ashitaka that he may find a cure in the western lands Nago came from, but he cannot return to his homeland.

After the samurai flee and Irontown is evacuated, Ashitaka and San pursue Jiko-bō and retrieve the head, returning it to the Forest Spirit. The Spirit dies as the sun rises, but its form washes over the land and heals it, and Ashitaka's curse is lifted. Ashitaka will help rebuild Irontown, but promises San he will visit her in the forest. Eboshi reunites with the townspeople and vows to build a better town. The forest begins to regrow and a kodama emerges from the undergrowth.

The cast also includes: Akira Nagoya as the cattleman leader ( 牛飼いの長 , Ushigai no Naga ) ; Kimihiro Reizei as a Jibashiri ( ジバシリ ) ; Tetsu Watanabe as a mountain wolf ( 山犬 , Yamainu ) ; Makoto Sato as Nago ( ナゴの守 , Nago no Mori ) , a wild boar turned into a demon who curses Ashitaka when he attacks the Emishi village; and Sumi Shimamoto as Toki ( トキ ) , Kohroku's wife, a former prostitute, and the leader of Eboshi's women, voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith in the English version.

Sophie and her friends, Marianne and Delphine, are surprised to win places on a school trip to Russia. But the trip does not go as expected. Abandoned on an express train heading out of St Petersburg, the girls are thrown out at a disused station, where they are rescued and taken to the beautiful but faded Volkonsky Winter Palace, as guests of the exotic Princess Anna Feodorovna Volkonskaya.

Guarded by white wolves, the princess is an enigmatic figure, desperately searching for a rope of lost diamonds that could overturn the Volkonsky bad fortune. At first the girls are mesmerised by her stories but when she takes a special interest in Sophie, they begin to be afraid.

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Princess Mononoke ( Japanese : もののけ姫 , Hepburn : Mononoke- hime , "Spirit/Monster Princess") is a 1997 Japanese animated epic historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki , produced by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho . The film stars the voices of Yōji Matsuda , Yuriko Ishida , Yūko Tanaka , Kaoru Kobayashi , Masahiko Nishimura , Tsunehiko Kamijo , Akihiro Miwa , Mitsuko Mori and Hisaya Morishige .

Princess Mononoke is set in the late Muromachi period (approximately 1336 to 1573) of Japan with fantasy elements. The story follows the young Emishi prince Ashitaka's involvement in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources. The term " Mononoke " ( 物の怪 or もののけ ) is not a name, but a Japanese word for a spirit or monster.

The film was released in Japan on July 12, 1997, and in the United States on October 29, 1999. It was a critical and commercial blockbuster , becoming the highest-grossing film in Japan of 1997, and also held Japan's box office record for its homemade films until 2001's Spirited Away , another Miyazaki film. It was dubbed into English and distributed in North America by Miramax , and despite a poor box office performance there, it sold well on DVD and video, greatly increasing Ghibli's popularity and influence outside Japan.

In Muromachi Japan, an Emishi village is attacked by a demon. The last Emishi prince, Ashitaka, kills it before it reaches the village, but its corruption curses his right arm. The curse gives him superhuman strength, but will eventually spread through his body and kill him. The villagers discover that the demon was a boar god, Nago, corrupted by an iron ball lodged in his body. The village's wise woman tells Ashitaka that he may find a cure in the western lands Nago came from, but he cannot return to his homeland.

After the samurai flee and Irontown is evacuated, Ashitaka and San pursue Jiko-bō and retrieve the head, returning it to the Forest Spirit. The Spirit dies as the sun rises, but its form washes over the land and heals it, and Ashitaka's curse is lifted. Ashitaka will help rebuild Irontown, but promises San he will visit her in the forest. Eboshi reunites with the townspeople and vows to build a better town. The forest begins to regrow and a kodama emerges from the undergrowth.

The cast also includes: Akira Nagoya as the cattleman leader ( 牛飼いの長 , Ushigai no Naga ) ; Kimihiro Reizei as a Jibashiri ( ジバシリ ) ; Tetsu Watanabe as a mountain wolf ( 山犬 , Yamainu ) ; Makoto Sato as Nago ( ナゴの守 , Nago no Mori ) , a wild boar turned into a demon who curses Ashitaka when he attacks the Emishi village; and Sumi Shimamoto as Toki ( トキ ) , Kohroku's wife, a former prostitute, and the leader of Eboshi's women, voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith in the English version.