Friday, 26 February 2010

Princess Mononoke (1998) [* * * * * *]

Another brilliant movie by Studio Ghibli, one of Hayao Miyazaki's creations.

The story is of a prince in ancient Japan who gets cursed by a demon, a wounded boar-god. He's leaves his village to seek the cause of the hate and witnesses an epic battle between a beleagued forest and it's dwellers, tree, beast and god, and an industrial town called Irontown.

He tries to intervene, but finds it impossible to change the rage and hate created by man's destruction of Nature. He falls in love with a girl raised by wolves and tries to prevent Eboli, the Ironlady, from killing the fabulous magical Forest Spirit. But the ambitious woman knows no fear and almost destroys everything even her Irontown in the process.

Though I loved the whole breathtaking movie, I found the story weakened by the fighting and unresolved conflict between Culture and Nature. Too many directions left open, hopefully to cover in subsequent movies (yippee!) I'm almost tempted to write some screenplay to mail to Miyazaki.:p Such a fascinating story - a must see!

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