Princess Mononoke

Trivia: Capitan Gonza's head looks just like the crone Yubaba's green bouncing head pets in director Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 film "Spirited Away."

Trivia: It was the highest-grossing film in Japan until the Japanese release of "Titanic" (1997).

Dr Wilson

Trivia: The dragonflies in the Deer God's clearing (when San brings the wounded Ashitaka to the God for judgement) are - except in size and ferocity - cameos from Yamazaki's and Studio Gihbli's first great hit, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (1984). Many of the giant insects look quite alike to their tiny cousins featured here.

Trivia: Ashitaka's name means "tomorrow?" (from "ashita" which means "tomorrow," and "ka" as a polite particle used to signify a question) signifying the role as his tribe's future which (thanks to the curse) he cannot fulfill.

Trivia: After the disaster that resulted in the American heavily-edited and poorly dubbed release of NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind, (re-titled "Warriors of the Wind), and having heard that Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein intended to cut Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable, one of Studio Ghibli's producers sent him an authentic katana with a simple message: "No cuts."

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