Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Princess Mononoke: Revenge Of The Forest

We've been enjoying a Hayao Miyazaki festival this past month with a different film being shown every week on one of the local channels here in Hong Kong. This week was Princess Mononoke, the 1997 blockbuster. It was my first time to see it and it's incredible, unlike anything I've ever seen before. I was surprised at how violent it was - heads being chopped off, limbs flying through the air - but I was also impressed with the storyline. It's set in Japan's Muromachi period in the 16th century and involves an environmental theme with humans as the evil destroyers/consumers of the earth. There are lepers, giant wild boars, metastatizing nature gods and these kodomas, or spooky little forest spirits:

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