Just When We Need It Most Princess Mononoke Returns to Theaters for Miyazaki’s Birthday and 20th Anniversary

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In celebration of Hayao Miyazaki’s birthday and the movie’s 20th anniversary, fans will get an opportunity to watch the classic Princess Mononoke on the big screen nationwide.

There will be an English subbed screening on January 5th and a dubbed screening January 9th (this version includes the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton). Hosted by GKIDS and Fathom Events, GKIDS President Eric Beckman says, “Twenty years after its release, Princess Mononoke remains an undisputed animated triumph and one of the most thrilling adventures ever produced,” and calls the screenings  “a fitting way to celebrate Miyazaki’s birthday as we remind ourselves of the cinematic gifts he has given audiences over the years.”

It won’t just be nostalgia, though. Those who attend will also get the opportunity to see the never-before-released in North America Miyazaki-directed music video by the Japanese rock duo Chage & Aska for their 1995 song “On Your Mark.”

The iconic director turns 76 on January 5th, and though he previously announced his retirement he’s currently working on a new feature–a project he’s said he’s “ready to die” doing.

There are certainly a lot of themes in Mononoke that are worth retelling now about environmental preservation, illness, and empathy. For tickets and showtimes, you can go here. Are you going to revisit the stories of Ashitaka, San, and Lady Eboshi for Miyazaki’s birthday?

(via email tip, image via GKIDS)

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