is a 1997 Japanese adult animated epic historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network and Dentsu. The film stars the voices of Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yūko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Akihiro Miwa, Mitsuko Mori, and Hisaya Morishige.
During the Muromachi period in Japan, an Emishi village is attacked by a hideous demon. The last Emishi prince, Ashitaka, kills it before it reaches the village, but it manages to grasp his arm and curse him before its death. The curse grants him superhuman strength, but it also causes a scar-like mark that will surround him, cause him pain, and eventually kill him. The villagers discover that the demon was a boar god (boar kami), corrupted by an iron ball lodged in his body. The village's wise woman tells Ashitaka that he may find a cure in the western lands that the demon came from, and that he cannot return to his homeland.
|award||Animation Kobe Theatrical Film Award Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year|
|genre||adventure fantasy historical philosophical|
|keywords||annihilate attack bullet wound clearcutting daidarabotchi daimyō emishi emperor emperor of japan greet gun shot hand cannon heal kami kodama leper locked in matchlock matchlock muskets muromachi muromachi period night walk night walker rid samurai superhuman strength turn west wolf pack wound|
|theme||animated anime epic war|