Hayao Miyazaki’s 1999 anime masterpiece Princess Mononoke rides back to The Frida Cinema on February 16th and 17th!
Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way she discovers San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it — and finds herself playing an integral role in bringing balance to this epic conflict.
An action-packed epic, Princess Mononoke also doubles as a thoughtful meditation on humanity’s relationship with nature. Its powerful commentary led The Daily Yomiuri‘s Aaron Gerow to label it “a cumulative statement of Miyazaki’s moral and filmic concerns.”
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki | 1999 | 134 minutes | Rated PG-13
Saturday, February 16 – 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5pm
Sunday, February 17 – 2:30pm, 5pm, 8:30pm
“The film’s strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers.” – Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
“Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you’re likely to get.” – Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
“This imaginative and intriguing Anime deserves all the plaudits heaped upon it.” – Mark Dinning, Empire Magazine