Essential Anime Heroines ACMI Presents

Princess Mononoke

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A beautifully realised tale of civilization versus nature, Princess Mononoke is a true epic by Japan's master animator Hayao Miyazaki. While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a deadly curse. To find the cure that will save his life, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit's realm where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolves.

It's not long before Ashitaka is caught in the middle of a battle between iron-ore prospecting humans and the forest dwellers. He must summon the spirit-powers and all his courage to stop man and nature from destroying each other.

Once again Miyazaki’s creativity fills the screen with amazing beauty and imagination. Although the narrative is set off by Ashitaka, it is the fierce bravery of San that drives the film forward, creating an iconic Ghibli heroine in the process.