“A thing of beauty and imagination.” - Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

“Hayao Miyazaki is a great animator, and his PRINCESS MONONOKE is a great film.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Saturday, June 22, 4:00 p.m. | In Miyazaki’s beautifully constructed and dark PRINCESS MONONOKE, the young warrior Prince Ashitaka is cursed by an animal god with a wound that will not heal. Determined to find a cure, he embarks on a quest and stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the leader of the ore-refining Iron Town; and the mysterious Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves. As the conflict between humans, animals, and gods intensifies, Ashitaka attempts to forge peace.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Film, Award of the Japanese Academy
Nominee - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production, Annie Awards

Scored by Hisaishi: One of the most celebrated Japanese composers of our time, Joe Hisaishi has worked with revered director and animator Hayao Miyazaki since 1984, having written scores for 10 of Miyazaki’s films. His compositions fuse minimalist and classical sensibilities with whimsical energy to create scores that are simultaneously timeless and modern, and always a welcome sound to accompany Miyazaki’s sights. In collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who hosts the artist for Hisaishi Conducts Hisaishi June 27 through June 30, the Film Center presents five of our favorite films featuring his compositions. View full series.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu