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Hayao Miyazaki Japan, 1997

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Princess Mononoke

Despite being immensely moved by My Neighbor Totoro and The Wind Rises, Miyazaki as a whole tends to leave me impressed but oddly detached. With Mononoke, he animated one of the better action movies of the 90s, and he shows a better grasp of how to pace and expand an epic than almost any Hollywood director working today. Still, I feel like a bored wallflower at his coronation.