1997, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 134 min.
Working at the height of his powers, director Miyazaki poured all the skills of his art into this magnificent epic of mythical history set at the dawn of mankind’s Iron Age, when humans and the spirits of nature battled it out for mastery of the earth. Young hero Ashitaka saves his village by slaying a demon with a body of writhing snakes. Marked by a curse as a result, he searches far and wide for the source of the evil, and faces gods, devils, fantastical life forms, and a beautiful girl who rides the back of a gigantic she-wolf. In Japanese with English subtitles; or, with English soundtrack – either choice available on Amazon Prime.
“A great film… one of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“A landmark feat… amazing to behold.” -Janet Maslin, The New York Times