''Princess Mononoke,'' which is being released by Miramax, has been effectively translated (by Neil Gaiman) and dubbed into casual Americanese without losing its Japanese essence. Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver and Jada Pinkett-Smith all give vocal performances that suit the vibrant images on screen.
''Princess Mononoke'' is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It has some gruesome battle images.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki; written (in Japanese, dubbed into English) by Mr. Miyazaki, English adaptation by Neil Gaiman; music by Joe Hisaishi; produced by Toshio Suzuki; released by Miramax. Shown as part of the 37th New York Film Festival. Running time: 135 minutes. This film is rated PG-13.
WITH THE VOICES OF: Gillian Anderson (Moro the Wolf), Billy Crudup (Ashitaka), Claire Danes (San/Princess Mononoke), John De Mita (Kohroku), John Di Maggio (Gonza), Minnie Driver (Lady Eboshi), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Toki) and Billy Bob Thornton (Jigo).
While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy. Written by