In honor of its 20th anniversary, GKIDS and Fathom Events are proud to present the return of the Studio Ghibli film “Princess Mononoke” to theaters for a two night special event. It will play on January 5, on director Hayao Miyazaki’s 76th birthday, at 7 p.m. in dubbed English and on January 9 at 7 p.m. in the original Japanese with English subtitles.
“Twenty years after its release, ‘Princess Mononoke’ remains an undisputed animated triumph and one of the most thrilling adventures ever produced,” said GKIDS’ President Eric Beckman. “Following the great success of ‘Spirited Away’ returning to theaters, we are excited to present ‘Princess Mononoke’ in a theatrical setting to fans both old and new. It’s also a fitting way to celebrate Miyazaki’s birthday as we remind ourselves of the cinematic gifts he has given audiences over the years.”
In addition to the film, audiences will view the 1995 music video by Japanese rock duo Chage & Aska for their song “On Your Mark,” directed by Miyazaki. The video has never been released in North America.
Set in the late Muromachi period of Japan, “Princess Mononoke” follows the young prince Ashitaka as he’s caught in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources. The English-dubbed version features the vocal talents of Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”), Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Minnie Driver (“Good Will Hunting”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Magic Mike XXL”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”).