Miyazaki’s Classic PRINCESS MONONOKE Returns To Theaters For 20th Anniversary


Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic Princess Mononoke and Fathom is bringing it back to theaters for a two-night limited engagement next month. On Thursday January 5th, fans can view the film with its original Japanese-language soundtrack and subtitled in English or wait until Monday, January 9th to view it with an English-language soundtrack.

A tale that encompasses Japanese folklore with a strong heroine and themes of nature versus technology, Princess Mononoke is one of the animation director’s best films. If for some reason you have not seen it before, here is the trailer Miramax put together for a video release a few years back.

Here’s the press release –

“Princess Mononoke,” the classic animated film from groundbreaking writer/director Hayao Miyazaki and the legendary Studio Ghibli, returns to movie theaters for two nights only for a dual celebration of the beloved historical fantasy’s 20th anniversary and Miyazaki’s birthday. Hailed in 1997 by Roger Ebert as “a great achievement and a wonderful experience, and one of the best films of the year,” “Princess Mononoke: 20th Anniversary” comes to U.S. cinemas, subtitled on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and English-dubbed on Monday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. (all local times), presented by Fathom Events, in partnership with GKIDS.

In addition to the feature content, movie audiences will view the never-before-released in North America 1995 Miyazaki-directed music video by the Japanese rock duo Chage & Aska for their song “On Your Mark.”

Prior to “Princess Mononoke: 20th Anniversary,” Fathom Events, in partnership with GKIDS, will bring “Spirited Away: 15th Anniversary” to U.S. movie theaters subtitled on Monday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. and English-dubbed Thursday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. (all local times).

Tickets for “Princess Mononoke: 20th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 350 movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Princess Mononoke” unfolds as Ashitaka, a young warrior inflicted with a deadly curse, heads into the forest in search of a cure. There, he meets the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. This classic story of the conflict between nature and civilization, and what it means to be human, has dazzled audiences for years with its iconic characters, action-packed battle scenes and sweeping scope.

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