Screening Report: Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke is about the struggle between nature and humans.

In Princess Mononoke,  Nago, a giant boar that is possessed by a demon. He attacks a small village where Prince Ashitaka lives. Nago has large tentacle that kill anything they touch. The green plant turn black when they are touched. Ashitaka shoots an arrow at Nago and this makes him mad. Nago’s tentacles touch Ashitaka’s arm poisoning him. Ashitaka finally kills Nago and goes to search for a cure for his curse. He finds a forest that doesn’t have any humans living there. He meets a Kodama, a tree spirit that brings good luck.

During this time Lady Eboshi is leading her men back to Iron Town. They are attacked by giant wolves and a young girl named Princess Mononoke. Some of the men that were injured from Iron Town, and Ashitaka was able to rescue them with the help from the Kodama. Lady Eboshi and her men clear the forests to dig for iron to make her weapons. Lady Eboshi and Jigo develop a plan to kill the great spirit god by cutting off its head.

The group of giant boars hear of Nago’s death. Okkoto leads the boars to fight the humans for taking over the forests. The forest was growing weaker because of the humans. Jigo had set up land mines and grenades on the front line when the boars were attacking. Many people of Iron Town were killed as well. Okkoto was injured badly. Princess Mononoke and one of the wolves try to bring him to the spirit god to save him. Lady Eboshi beheads the great spirit god. The great spirit god changed from this colorful creature into this dark purplish blob. The great spirit god started to kill everything that it touched until it received its head back. When it got its head back everything turned back into green and was alive. Ashitaka was cured from his poisoning and the people and nature were able to live along each other peacefully.

I thought this film was interesting because it shows how humans selfishly use the land. And the actions we take toward the land turn around to hurt us later on.



One response to “Screening Report: Princess Mononoke

  1. Yes these were obvious lessons to learn from this movie and I think they were well delivered. There were a lot of complex characters in this movie though because we really didn’t get to see good character development until the end of the movie with the decisions of Ashitaka and Mononoke.

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