For the second consecutive month, Hayao Miyazaki fans will get a chance to see one of the animation master’s classics back on the big screen. “Princess Mononoke” will return to theaters for two nights in January courtesy of GKIDS and and Fathom Events, as reported by outlets including Flickering Myth.
On Thursday, Jan. 5, select theaters across the United States will screen “Princess Mononoke” with the original Japanese audio, with English subtitles. On Monday, Jan. 9, the English dubbed version of the film will screen, which featured voice acting from Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Gillian Anderson, Billy Bob Thornton, Keith David and more.
This follows a re-release of “Spirited Away,” also from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5; celebrating that film’s 15th anniversary. The “Princess Mononoke” re-release coincides with the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Japanese release of the film (it was released in the United States in 1999), and Miyazaki’s 76th birthday.
A fantasy set in Japan’s Muromachi period, “Princess Mononoke” is darker than much of Miyazaki’s films, and one of the director’s biggest successes: Upon release, it became highest-grossing film in Japanese box office history, though it was quickly passed in the country by “Titanic.” It won Best Picture at the Japan Academy Awards, and its 1999 American release had a significant impact on the popularity of anime in the United States.
Tickets for the “Princess Mononoke” re-release are on sale now via Fathom Events.
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