Updated: Mar 6, 2021
Princess Mononoke (Japanese: もののけ姫, Hepburn: Mononoke-hime) is a 1997 Japanese epic fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli.
Princess Mononoke is set in the late Muromachi period of Japan (approximately 1336 to 1573 CE), but it includes fantasy elements. The story follows a young Emishi prince named Ashitaka and his 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 supernatural, shape-shifting beings that possess people and cause suffering, disease, or death. This great story of the conflict between Nature and us humans still rings true today as we see our planet Earth consumed but the every growing human race that is destroying the beauty of Nature & Gaia as we march towards a most dark future of our times. The film was released in Japan on July 12, 1997, and in the United States on October 29, 1999.