Princess Mononoke Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Princess Mononoke Script



In ancient times, the land

lay covered in forests,



where, from ages long past,

dwelt the spirits of the gods.



Back then, man and beast

lived in harmony,



but as time went by, most

of the great forests were destroyed.



Those that remained were guarded

by gigantic beasts...



who owed their allegiance

to the Great Forest Spirit,



for those were the days

of gods and demons.



Yakul! Come on, boy.



- Girls!

- Ashitaka!



There's something strange going on.

You have to hurry.



The wise woman wants everybody back

to the village at once.



- We just came from Ji-san.

- Did he see something?



Yes, in the forest.

Something's wrong.



- The birds have gone.

- The animals too.



I'll go to the watchtower

and check with Ji-san.



You three hurry back home

and be quick about it.



All right.

Be careful!






Something's there.



- Ji-san, did you see it too?

- I did. It isn't human.



The wise woman's calling everybody

back to the village.



There. Look.



- It's some kind of demon!

- A demon?



Run, Yakul! Run!



It's headed for the village.

I've got to stop it.



Prince Ashitaka, wait!

Be careful!



That thing is cursed!

Don't let it touch you!



Here, Yakul!



Calm your fury, o mighty lord!



Whatever you may be, god or demon,

please leave us in peace!



- The monster!

- Come on!



Go back! Please!

Leave our village alone!



Stop! Please! Stop!



Get up!



- Run!

- Come on! Hurry!



- He killed it!

- Ashitaka!



- Fetch the wise woman!

- Don't put the fire out yet.






Are you all right?



- Kaya, don't touch it. This wound is evil.

- The prince has been hurt.



- Where is the wise woman?

- Here she comes!



You must keep away from him, all of you.

Everyone, stay back.



- What shall we do?

- Take this and pour it over his wound, child, slowly.



All right.



O nameless god

of rage and hate,



I bow before you.



A mound will be raised and funeral rites

performed on this ground where you have fallen.



Pass on in peace

and bear us no hatred.



Disgusting little creatures,



soon all of you

will feel my hate...



and suffer

as I have suffered.



I'm afraid this is very bad.



The stones tell me the boar god

came from far to the west.



He had some kind of poison inside him,

driving him mad,



a poisonous hatred that consumed

his heart and flesh...



and turned him

into a demon monster.



- Prince Ashitaka?

- Yes?



Show everyone

your right arm.



What's it mean?



My prince, are you

prepared to learn...



what fate the stones

have foretold you?



Yes, I was prepared the very

moment that I let my arrow fly.






The infection will spread throughout

your whole body, bone and flesh alike.



It will cause you great pain

and then kill you.



Is there no way

we can stop it?



The prince got that wound by defending

our village and saving our lives!



Do we just sit here

and watch him die?



You cannot alter

your fate, my prince.



However, you can rise

to meet it, if you choose.



Look at this.



This iron ball was found

in the boar's body.



This is what hurt him so.



It shattered his bones and

burned its way deep inside him.



This is what turned him

into a demon.



There is evil at work in the land

to the west, Prince Ashitaka.



It's your fate to go there and see what

you can see with eyes unclouded by hate.



You may find a way

to lift the curse.



- You understand?

- Yes.



We are the last

of the Emishi.



It's     years since the Emperor

destroyed our tribe...



and drove the remnants

of our people to the east.



Some managed to survive here

for all these years,



but the blood of our tribe has grown

thinner and weaker with each generation.



Now our last prince must cut his

hair and leave us, never to return?



Sometimes I think the gods

are laughing at us.



Our laws forbid us from watching you go,




Whatever comes to pass now,

you are dead to us forever.






- Ashitaka!

- Kaya, what are you doing here? You know it's forbidden.



Do you think

I care about that?



I came to give you this so you won't

forget your little sister.



Your crystal dagger.

Kaya, I can't take this.



Please, keep it with you,

brother, to protect you.



You must take it with you. Please, I want

you to have it, so you won't... forget.



Kaya, you know I could

never forget you.



A battle?



No. A massacre.



Where are you going?

Come back here, you coward!



They're unarmed! Move in!



Look! Up there, on the hill!



- It's a warrior!

- Good! His head is mine!



You! Stop!



- My arm! What's happening to me?

- Stop him!



Hurry! Stop him

before he gets away!



Let me pass!

I'm warning you!



A demon.



The mark is

getting bigger.



- Who's that?

- I've never seen him.



Are you selling soup

or donkey piss?



Mommy! Look!



There he is now.



I wouldn't get too close to him.



- Will this be enough?

- Hey! What are you trying to pull?



This isn't money.

Give me back my rice, you little thief.



- Excuse me, but might I inspect that?

- Go ahead.



Mmm? My God!



But this is a lump of pure gold,

you silly woman!



However, if it's money you want, I'll pay for

the rice and take this nugget off your hands.



What do ya say?



My good people, is there a money changer

who could tell us how much this is worth?



No? All right.



Now, I'm just a monk, but I'd

say three bags of rice at least.



That's right, maybe even more. Hey,

wait a minute. Where are you going?



Where are you going?

Give me my gold!



Hey! You can't

just rush off now.



We've only just met.



We have got your rice,

and everything's fine.



You're a man of few words.

I understand.



Don't you even think of thanking me.

It was my pleasure.



In fact, I should be

thanking you, really.



You see, I was caught in that battle.

I saw what you did to those samurai.



You fight like a demon.

Where'd you learn to fight like that?



I see you noticed

we're being followed.



That's what we get for waving that

gold nugget around.



They'll wait till we're asleep,

then slit our throats.



What to you say we give 'em a little

demonstration of how fast we can run, huh?



So the demon monster turned out to be

a giant boar.



I followed its trail westward through

the mountains...



to where the samurai were attacking

those villagers.



- But then...

- You lost it. That's life.



See this place here?



When I came here last, a few years back,

this was a lovely little village.



But then there must have been

a flood or a landslide or a fire.



The only sure thing

is that everybody's dead.



These days, there are

angry ghosts all around us,



dead from wars,

sickness, starvation.



And nobody cares.



So you say you're under a curse?

So what? So's the whole damn world.



Mmm! Ahh!



I was wrong to fight in that village.

Two men are dead because of me.



Samurai thugs.

You win some, you lose some.



Hand me your bowl. My point is,

everybody dies. Some now, some later.



From brothel girl

to Emperor.



I've heard them say that the Emperor

has promised...



an entire hill of gold to anyone

who can help him live forever.



Beautiful bowl.

I've seen one other like it.



Have you ever heard of the Emishi

people? They're said to ride red elks.



They also use stone arrowheads

just like you.



Of course, they were all

wiped out     years ago.



Don't worry.

I won't tell anyone where you're from.



Anyway, I've got

much bigger fish to fry.



Have you ever come across

anything like this before?



Never have.



It came from the giant boar.

It was inside him.



I'm sure it was that little ball of iron

that killed him.



There's a place high in the mountains

far to the west of here.



It's where the spirit of the forest dwells,

and it's a very dangerous place for humans.



- To enter there is certain death.

- The Spirit of the Forest?



I've been told the beasts there are all

giants, just as they were in the dawn of time.



See ya there, my friend. Mmm.



Hyah! Move! Hyah!



Hyah! Come on!

Watch the load!



Push him!

Hyah! Ha!



The sooner we get this rice home,

the sooner we eat. Let's move!



Coming this way! Wolves!



Don't let the oxen panic! Stay calm!

Take up your positions!



Keep your powder dry.



Make sure you wait for them

to come within range!



- Ready! And fire!

- Fire!



- They're getting away!

- Fire!



- Second round! Fire!

- Fire!



That was it?

They weren't so big.



They're just pups.

Wait till you see their mother.



Where are they?



It's Moro!



Come on.



Ha, ha!

We killed her!



You forget she is a god.

It will take more than that.



- She certainly did some damage.

- We move out now.



What about the men

she pushed over the cliff?



They're dead.

Let's get the living home.



He's still breathing.



Hang on.






My name is Ashitaka!



I have traveled far

from lands to the east.



Are you ancient gods, and have I come at

last to the realm of the Spirit of the Forest?



Go away.



A kodama! I never thought

I'd see one of them here.



Oh, no, no, no, no!



Easy there. You don't want

to make your injuries worse, do you?



Oh, no!



He's a tree spirit.

He brings good luck.



It's a sign

this forest is healthy.



But they'll lead their lord

and master right to us.



Who do you mean?

You mean those wolves I just saw?



- No, I mean a real monster,

like a huge enormous deer,



Except they say it's got a human face

sometimes, and then at night they say it...



Where'd it go?



Look! Reinforcements! We're doomed!



Oh, no!



If Yakul's not afraid, then we have

nothing to worry about here.



Would you be kind enough to grant us

passage through your forest, little one?



Sir, I really think

we should turn around now.



I wonder, did I mention that no humans

have ever made it through these woods alive?



There's a lovely trail

back across the river.



The current's too swift

for us to get across,



and your friend's injuries

are very bad.



If we don't get him back soon,

he doesn't have a chance.



Hey, little fellow, are you showing us

the way or just getting us more lost?



Please, sir, I'm really pretty sure

they're not trying to help us get home.



Oh, my God!

There's thousands of them.



Look at that. That must be

their mother, a fine old tree.



Oh. This place is magical.



The tracks of those wolves

and the girl with them.



This place must be where

the four of them live.



Sir, I think maybe we took

a wrong turn somewhere.



This is a place

for gods and demons.



I think we're safe.

We'll rest a bit.



More tracks?



Whatever made these

made them recently.



Sir! What's going on?

Are you all right?



Uh, sir, what

just happened there?



You went white as a sheet

all of a sudden.



- I warned you about this place.

- Here.



- Did you see anything just then?

- Like what?



Forget it.



Hang on just a little longer.

You're almost home.



I failed her.



It's gone,



whatever it was.



That's strange.

Suddenly he doesn't feel heavy at all.



My arm!

It doesn't hurt!



It's healed!

No, it's still broken.



Sir, you were right. We made it

back home just like you said!



It's a fortress.



It's Lady Eboshi's Irontown. We make

iron here from the ore in the sand.



Hey, there!

Hello, it's me!



- Look there!

- Hello!



- Someone's come out of the woods.

- Is it the Wolf Girl?



Look! It's me!

Kohroku, the ox driver!



- It's Kohroku! He's alive!

- Kohroku's alive!



- It's true! Kohroku's still alive!

- Let's go see!



Quiet! Stop that noise!



I'm trying to tally these accounts here,

so shut up!



- Haven't you heard? Kohroku's come back from the dead!

- What?



- There they are!

- There he is!



That's it.



- This is unbelievable.

- Where are the others, Kohroku?



- Yes, is my son with you?

- I'm afraid we're the only ones who made it.



It's never the guards that die.



Stand aside.



That man in the weird costume, sir?

Who do you think it could be?



He's obviously an outsider.



- Be careful.

- Listen to me, everyone!



This stranger saved our lives. He carried

the rifleman all the way back here.



You should be grateful to him.

Ow! Hey, watch the arm.






Hold it right there.



I'm very grateful for you bringing

these men back to us, stranger,



but something

doesn't smell right.



You got back almost as fast as we did

and through the forbidden forest.



On top of that, you did it

with two badly injured men,



- and you want me to believe that you...

- Kohroku! Kohroku!



- You're alive!

- Toki, my love!






That's just great! How are you gonna

drive the ox now all banged up and mangled?



- But, my little flower...

- You scared me half to death.



Don't you "little flower" me.

I wish the wolves had eaten you.



Then maybe I could have

found a real husband!



Sweetness, can we

discuss this later?



Toki, save your sweet nothings

for some other time.



And as for you, Gonza, a fine

captain of the guard you are,



always strutting and throwing your

weight around once the danger's over.



You never do a lick

of work around here.



That's unfair and untrue.



Thanks, stranger. My husband's an

idiot, but I'm glad he's safe and sound.



That's a relief. I was starting to think I'd

done something wrong by bringing him back home.



Say, why don't you take the mask off?

I bet you're really handsome.






Bring the stranger

to me later.



I would like

to thank him personally.



- Kohroku.

- Uh, yes?



- I'm happy you're back, and I apologize.

- Uh, okay.



Uh-oh, milady, you really shouldn't

tell him things like that.



If you're too nice to him,

he'll walk all over you.



I hope you'll forgive me, too, Toki. I was

responsible. I should never have let it happen.



Oh, that's all right. Milady,

if you hadn't been there,



the wolves would have eaten everyone, and then

we'd all have to find ourselves new husbands.



Get some rest, traveler.

I will see you this evening.



Oh, hey! You're not handsome,

you're gorgeous!






Here! You know, they had to fight off

wolves to get this rice through.



Just dish it out!



There he is!



- Where is he?

- Over there in the back.



Toki was right.

He is handsome.



- Yeah, not bad.

- But he's so young!



That never stopped you before.



Quiet out there!

We lost some good men today.



Yeah, there's lots of

gorgeous men in here, honey!



I've seen cattle

that looked better.



Listen, stranger.

Why don't you come over to our place?



You don't want to stay

in this stinking old barn.



Look, woman! We risked our lives

to bring you the rice...



you're all eating tonight,

so watch your mouth.



And who made the iron that paid

for that rice, huh? Tell me that.



Yeah, we're pumping those bellows

while you pigs are in bed.



Actually, if it's not too much trouble,

ladies, I would like to see where you work.



- You would?

- We'll have to work in makeup tonight.



Lend me your lipstick.



- Don't be a stranger.

- Don't forget now.



We'll be waiting for you.



It's best not to pay them

any mind, you know.



Lady Eboshi spoils them rotten.

That's why they're like that.



They say that happy women

make a happy village.



Happy? Ha!

Those kind of women workin' here?



Women like that... It's a disgrace.

They defile the iron.



Lady Eboshi goes around buying the

contract of every brothel girl she can find.



Milady has a kind heart,

that's all.



You got rice

on your chin, old man.



It's true. Everything here has turned

upside-down since she showed up.



That's right. She's not even afraid

of the gods, that woman.



You should have seen the way she dealt

with Nago. Am I right?



- Who's Nago?

- "Who's Nago?" The gigantic boar god.



He used to rule

this whole forest.



We couldn't even get near the mountains

with him around.



Nothing to do but sit around

on our backsides for months,



starin' at a bunch

of angry boars.



Mm-hmm. See, the iron in the sand

under this town had all been dug out.



Then we tried to get at the iron under the

mountain, but Nago wasn't gonna stand for that.



The problem was, before we could dig for

the iron, we had to clear away the forest,



and that's what

made the boar angry.



He's feeling no pain.



Then one day Lady Eboshi came along

with her warriors and her rifles.



Young man, what's wrong?



Is something

hurting your arm?



No, I was just thinking

about the boar god.



I was thinking how he must

have died filled with hate.



Forgive me for keeping you

waiting, stranger.



That's good iron.



We were running behind

with tomorrow's shipment.



Let's have a rest.



- You may tell the others.

- Yes, ma'am.



Some think you're either a spy for the

Wolf Girl or for Lord Asano and his samurai.



There are a lot of people out there

with their eyes on this iron.



Why are you here,

if you don't mind my asking?



I believe

you'll recognize this.



It shattered the bones

of a giant boar,



rotted his flesh and

turned him into a monster.



I fought with him, and for that I

was cursed with this mark on my arm,



and soon it will kill me.



Where is it you come from? I've

never seen a red elk like that before.



I have come a very long way.

I can't tell you more than that.



Answer milady's question

or I'll cut you in half.



What do you plan to do?

What exactly are you here for?



To see with eyes

unclouded by hate.



"Eyes unclouded"?



That explains it.



Come. I'll show you all my secrets.



- Is that wise, milady?

- Gonza, take over for me.






This is my garden. None

of the townspeople dare to come here.



Follow me if you wish

to learn my secret.



Good evening.



We've only just

finished it, milady.



It's still too heavy.



Perhaps if you didn't

hold it so delicately?



Milady, if we make them

any lighter, they'll fall apart.



I trust you to figure it out.



They're not for me.

They're for the other women here.



That'll be something to see.



This is the latest rifle

that I've asked these people to design.



The ones we brought here

have turned out to be too heavy.



These will kill forest monsters and

pierce the thickest samurai armor.



You better watch out there, young man.

Lady Eboshi wants to rule the world.



I'm sorry to have

to push you all so hard.



- I'll have wine sent down later.

- Oh, that'll be nice.



First you steal the boar's forest from

him and then transform him into a demon.



Now you're making

even deadlier weapons!



How much more hatred and pain

do you think we need?



Yes, I'm the one who shot the boar,

and I'm sorry that you suffer.



I truly am.



That brainless pig. I'm the one he

should have put a curse on, not you.






Does that right hand of yours

wish to kill me now, Ashitaka?



If it would lift the curse,

I'd let it tear you apart,



but even that wouldn't end

the killing now, would it?



No, it wouldn't. It would have to kill

all of us to be at peace.



Milady, Osa has

something to say.



Forgive me, milady.



You must not make light

of the boy's strength.



Young man, like you,

I know what rage feels like...



and grief and helplessness.



But you must not take

your revenge on Lady Eboshi.



She is the only one

who saw us as human beings.



We are lepers.

The world hates and fears us,



but she took us in and washed

our rotting flesh and bandaged us.






Life is suffering.



It is hard.

The world is cursed,



but still, you find reasons

to keep living.



I'm sorry.

I'm making no sense.



Oh, they just keep coming back.



Every night they're

out there planting trees,



trying to turn the mountain

into a forest again.



Stay here. Help me kill

the Forest Spirit, Ashitaka.



You would do that?

Kill the very heart of the forest?



Without that ancient god the animals here

would be nothing but dumb beasts once more.



When the forest has been cleared

and the wolves wiped out,



this desolate place will be

the richest land in the world,



and Princess Mononoke

will become human.



Princess Mononoke?



Princess of the spirits of ghouls,

beasts and ancient gods.



The wolf stole her soul,

and now she lives to kill me.



The legends say the blood of the Great

Forest's Spirit can heal anything.



Perhaps it could cure

my poor lepers.



Might even be able to lift

your curse, Ashitaka.



Milady! How does the action feel to you?




Smooth as silk, the perfect

thing for ruling the world.



- Ah!

- It's still too heavy for the girls.



All right.



Well, look who's here.



Evening. All right if I work

the bellows for a while?



Well, I guess so.



- Excuse me. May I try it?

- Huh?



It's okay.

Might as well let him try.



When you get tired,

I'll take over for you.



Well, that won't be long.



Oops! Better keep

that kimono shut tight, girl.



I'm impressed, but you'll

never keep that pace up.



- It's hard work, isn't it?

- Mm-hmm.



You bet, and our shifts

are four days long.



You must lead hard lives here.



Yeah, I suppose. But it sure beats

working a brothel in the city, huh?



Here we get to eat as much as we want,

and the men don't bother us!



Unless we want 'em to!



- No!

- But you can't leave tomorrow.



- Can't you stay a little longer?

- You can stay and work here.



Thank you all, but there's someone I

have to find out there in the forest.



- She's here.

- Oh!



The wolves are coming.

It's the Wolf Princess!






Wait! I don't want to fight you.

I'm a friend.



Here! She's here!



- She's on the roof.

- Hurry! She's after Lady Eboshi!



- Somebody cut her off.

- She's headed for the forge!



Keep stoking those fires! Riflemen to the

stockade. We've got her right where we want her.



A weapon for every man!

Everyone defends Irontown!



Toki, she's on the roof.



Now, don't get excited.

Keep those bellows working.



Whatever happens, we can't

let those fires go out.



- Is she alone?

- Yes.



She can't escape.

We have her cornered.



You know she means

to kill you this time.



We'll see about that.

Come on.



- Get a weapon!

- Move! Move!



Make room for milady!



Can you hear me,

Princess of Beasts?



If it's me you want,

here I am.



If you seek revenge for

all the animals we've killed,



well, there are two women down

here whom I'd like you to meet.



They want revenge as well for

husbands killed by your wolves.



Come on out, you little witch!

My husband's dead because of you!






There she is!



- It's her!

- There she is!



Everybody out of the way!



Riflemen, get ready to fire!



It's a trap. No! Wait!



Princess of the wolf gods! Don't go

down there! Go back to the forest!



Listen to me, please!

Don't throw your life away!



- Shall I stop him?

- Leave him be. Let him do what he likes.



She's down! We got her!



Stay back.



Cut off a wolf's head,

and it still has the power to bite.






- Take aim where she falls.

- Right.



Open fire.






No! Stay back!



Oh! What the devil was that?



Wake up.






- Skin her!

- Kill her, milady! Kill her!



- Are you all right, sir? Can I help you?

- I'm fine. Fine.



Get away from me!



- Begone!

- Yes, sir!






Traitor! You're a spy

for the wolves, aren't you?



Stay back!



Oh! Halt!



Step aside.



- What do you think you're doing, boy?

- Stay your hand.



The girl's life is now mine.



I'm sure she'll make

a lovely wife for you.



There's a demon inside of you.

It's inside both of you.



Look, everyone!

This is what hatred looks like.



This is what it does

when it catches hold of you.



It's eating me alive,

and very soon now it will kill me!



Fear and anger only

make it grow faster.



I'm getting a little bored of

this curse of yours, Ashitaka.



Let me just cut

the damn thing off.



Lady Eboshi!



Someone come here

and take her from me.






Don't worry. She's just

stunned. She'll be all right.



Lady Eboshi?



As for me, I'm leaving,

and I'm taking the Wolf Girl!



Oh, no, you're not!

Nobody treats my Lady Eboshi like that!



Move and I fire!



Kiyo, what are you doing?



How can he

still be walking?



- Is she all right?

- Yes, milady's safe, sir.



Someone bring me my gun! Riflemen

to the square now, on the double!



They're not getting

out of here alive!



Toki, come here.



What? What's happened?



Sir, I can't let you pass.



The gate's been ordered shut.

It can't be opened.



Turn back, please.



We're grateful to you for bringing

those men back to us.



- We don't want to hurt you.

- Please!



I walked in through this gate this morning.

Now I'm going to leave the same way.



Don't be a fool.

It takes ten men to open this gate.



Stop it! You'll kill yourself.






Out of the way!



The wolves are attacking!




She's all right!

Your princess is safe with me!



Stay and I will bring her!

Come on, Yakul.



You have my thanks.



Good luck, stranger.



Stop it!



Leave him!

He's mine!






His own people shot him.

He's dying.



Why did you stop me from killing her?

Tell me while you're still alive.



I didn't want them to kill you.

That's why.



I'm not afraid to die. I'd do anything

to get you humans out of my forest.



I knew that from

the first moment I saw you.



And I'm not afraid of you!

I should kill you for saving her!



That woman is evil, and there's no one

who can stop me from killing her.



No. Live.



That's enough! I'm not

listening to you anymore!



You're beautiful.



What is it, San?

Want me to crunch his face off?



The ape tribe.



All right!

What do you want here?



Apes, how dare you show such

disrespect to the wolf clan.



This is our forest.



The human...

give him to us.



Give us the human and go.



You go before

my fangs find you.



- We will not go.

- We will eat the human.



Yes, let us eat

the man creature.



Are you crazy? Just what happened to

make the ape tribe change this way?



Since when do apes

eat the flesh of a man?



If we eat the human,

we will steal his strength,



and we will drive

the other humans away.



Give us

the man creature.



Stop this. You know you can't possess

the humans' strength by eating them.



All that'll do is make you

into something else,



something even worse

than human.



We plant trees. Humans tear them up.

The forest does not come back.



If we kill the humans,

we will save the forest.



You mustn't give up. We'll find a way.

The Forest Spirit is with us.



Go on planting your trees

and someday we'll beat them.



The Forest Spirit will not fight.

We will all die.



Wolf Girl does not care.

She is human.






I'll bite your head off,

you chattering ape.



Stop! Wait! Come back!



Leave them alone!



Don't worry about them.

It's all right.



You two go on ahead now.

I'll stay here and deal with the human.



- What about the elk?

- Yes.



Can we eat him?



No, you may not.

Go home!



Come over here.

Don't worry. I'm a friend.



Don't be shy. I won't hurt you.

I need you to help me carry him.






You are very wise. You know better than

to set foot on this island, don't you?



Ugh! I smell like a human.



You can go wherever you want to.

You're free now.






There he is.

Come and see. Hurry.



Quick, you idiots.

It's the Nightwalker.



He's the reason we've been sitting around

in these stinking animal skins, you know.



But sir, we can't.

It's a sin to look at it.



Ha. And you call yourself

the greatest hunter in the west.



Look. We've got a letter

of pardon from the Emperor,



forgiving us for cutting off the head

of the Great Forest Spirit.



The legends tell us that

when day becomes night,



the Forest Spirit turns

into the Nightwalker,



and at sunrise,

it changes back.



Look! See there?

It's happening.



- Take a look, MasterJigo.

- What is it?



- Over there.

- Hmph.



Look. There must be hundreds of them.



Those boars are not

from this region.



They must have been traveling for months

to get all the way up here.



- That one's Okkoto!

- Can't be.



They say he died

    years ago.



It's him, all right.

I know those old tusks.



And it looks like he brought

along his whole tribe.



He's seen us!

Let's get out of here!



Come on, you cowards!

Move! Quickly!



The bullet wound's gone.






The mark's still there.



Finally you're awake.



You really should thank Yakul. He hasn't

left your side this whole time.



How'd you know his name's Yakul?



He told me,

and he told me about you...



about your village,

your people and your forest.



The Forest Spirit brought you back

to life again. He wants you to live.



I had the strangest dream.



- There was a golden creature.

- Eat this.






We are here to kill the humans

and save the forest.



Why are there

humans here, Moro?



Humans are everywhere

these days.



Go back to your own mountain.

Kill them there.



The girl is San, my daughter.



We will kill them here.

We will save this forest.



What is that other human

doing here?



He was shot, and then the Great Spirit

healed his wound.



This man is not our enemy!



The Forest Spirit saved him?



Saved the life

of that loathsome runt?



Why didn't he save Nago?



Is he not the guardian

of the forest? Why?



The Forest Spirit gives life

and takes life away.



Life and death are his alone,

or have you boars forgotten that?



You lie! You must have begged

the Forest Spirit to spare his life!



But you did not beg

for Nago, did you?



Nago was afraid to die.



Now I, too, carry within my breast

a poisoned human bullet.



Nago fled,

and the darkness took him.



I remain and contemplate my death.



Mother! Please ask

the Forest Spirit to save you.



I have lived long enough, San.



Soon the Forest Spirit

will let me rest forever.



All these years you defended the

Forest Spirit! He must save you!



You are not fooling us.

Nago was beautiful and strong.



He would not have run from anything.

You wolves must have eaten him!



Quiet! Watch what you say,

you filthy pig!



Gods of the mountain,

please listen to me.



Nago died far from here,

and I was the one who killed him.



He had become

some kind of demon.



One day he attacked

our village.



If you want proof,

look at my hand where he touched me.



I came here to beg the Forest Spirit

to lift Nago's curse from me.



He healed the bullet wound in my side,

but the demon mark remains.



First it will tear my soul apart,

and then it will kill me.



Okkoto, finally,

a boar who will listen to reason.



No, Lord Okkoto, wait!

Please, you mustn't eat him.



Ah, you are Moro's

human child, aren't you?



I have heard of you.



You're blind.



Stand back.

I will not eat him.



It's all right, San.



My Lord Okkoto, what I said about

Nago's death was the truth.



I believe you,

and I thank you for it, young one.



I am only grieved and ashamed that such

a demon has come from our tribe.



O mighty lord, is there a way

to lift Nago's curse from me?



Leave this forest...



for the next time we meet

I will have to kill you.



You cannot win against the humans.

Their guns will destroy you all.



Look on my tribe, Moro.



We grow small,

and we grow stupid.



We will soon be nothing

but squealing game...



that the humans

hunt for their meat.



You'd risk everything

on one last battle?



That's just

what the humans want.



I do not ask for the help

of the wolf tribe.



Even if every one of us dies,



it will be a battle

the humans will never forget.



The Forest Spirit.



Hyah! Hyah!



Come on! Keep your oxen together!




Get ready now.

Little bit closer. Fire!



Reload! Fire!









Well, I see somebody is going to

have to go play the peacemaker.



Take our riflemen

and hide behind the cliffs.



Yes, sir.



- Let's go.

- And stay there till I send for you.



Come on! Let's keep the oxen moving!

We have to get back to Irontown!



- There they are!

- Where?



Coming around the pass.



The hunters are ready, sir.




Well done, my boy.



Go and spread the word.

We'll be moving out presently.



Yes, sir.



Greetings, Jigo.



Well, I've got the Emperor

breathing down my neck,



and you're busy playing war

with Lord Asano.



And you would have nothing to do with

Lord Asano being here, now, would you?



Of course not.

Whatever made you think that?



He'll call a truce

if I give him half my iron.



Is that right?

Well, he's a greedy bastard, isn't he?



But all the same, you might as well

let him have his iron.



Listen, Eboshi, the boars are gathering

for battle. And you know what that means.



You made me a promise. Now, once you

get me the head of the Forest Spirit,



then we can come back

and destroy Lord Asano together, huh?



Watch out, milady!

There's a horseman coming! Get in!



Well, speak of the devil,

a messenger from Lord Asano.



- We have guests. Mind your manners, ladies.

- Yes, ma'am.



Welcome back, milady!



Whoa! Wait!

Won't you even talk to the man?



Lady Eboshi,

mistress of Irontown!



I bring a message to you

from my Lord Asano.



You have fought valiantly and well. Now,

open your gates that we may speak with you.



Hmph! We can hear you

just fine from down there.



Milady took this mountain away

from the gods, the boars and beasts!



And now that it's worth

something, you want it!



- Well, you won't get it!

- The brazen impudence!



You ladies need to be

taught some respect!



Respect? What's that?



We haven't had any respect

since the day we were born!



You want some of our iron?

Here ya go!



They are really something.



They'll fight forest gods or samurai.

It doesn't matter to them.



They're an amazing bunch, your girls.

They were wasted in the brothels.



Impressive for

a piece of paper.



Well, you know, it's gotten me all

the best hunters and trappers around.



Remember, my dear lady,

we're after a god, not just a beast.



Girls, come here.



Yes, milady, what is it?



Do you have any idea who this paper

has come from? From the Emperor himself.



- That's nice. Who's he?

- Is he supposed to be important?



- I'm serious. Who's he? Should we know?

- Yes! They're really something.



Thank you.



Yes, milady.



Every day that we cut trees and dig for iron,

the forest and its creatures grow weaker.



My way, there is

no loss of life, Jigo.



Listen, you owe me

and I've come to collect.



When you needed riflemen, I sent them, and

without those riflemen, you lose Irontown.



Oh, I'm sorry.

Did that sound like a threat?



Don't tell me

the Emperor believes...



that wives' tale about the Great

Spirit's head granting immortality.



I'm sure I don't know

what the Emperor believes.



I'm just a humble monk.

I'm just trying to get by.



I keep my promises.

Anyway, we have fought the boars before.



They're much easier to kill

than Moro and her wolf cubs,



So you can call out that shady bunch

you've got hidden under the cliff, Jigo.



So I've been found out.



Oh, just one more thing, milady.



Did a stranger come through here,

by any chance?



He's a young man

riding a great big red elk.



Came and went.



A bad-looking bunch,

if you ask me.



Those men are

no ordinary hunters.



- They're killers.

- Killers?



Milady, at least let

some of us go with you.



Yes, you can't trust these men.

They're strangers.



What if something goes wrong and

we're stuck here? We can't help you.



You said yourself we're better shots

than the men are.



That's precisely why I want

you all here in Irontown.



I can deal with forest gods.

It's humans I'm worried about.



Once the Forest Spirit is dead,

we don't know what will happen.



WillJigo be satisfied

with the creature's head...



or will he be after

my ironworks as well?



Jigo's riflemen

may turn on us.



If that happens, I'll need

every one of you here to fight them.




you can't trust men.



Don't worry

about her ladyship.



I'll be right at her side,

protecting her.



- That's what we're afraid of.

- What?



Even if you were a woman,

you'd still be an idiot!



In the moonlight

I felt your heart



- Quiver like

a bowstring's pulse



In the moon's mere light



You looked at me



Nobody knows your heart



When the sun has gone

I see you



Beautiful and haunting

but cold



- Like the blade of a knife

so sharp, so sweet



Nobody knows your heart



All of your sorrow

grief and pain



Locked away

in the forest of the night



Your secret heart

belongs to the world



- You know,

you could always jump, boy.



End it all.



As soon as your strength returns,

the mark will spread and destroy you.



It feels like I must

have been asleep for weeks.



I had a dream that San

was by my side, nursing me.



I was hoping you'd cry out

in your sleep.



Then I would have bitten

your head off to silence you.



It's a beautiful forest. Are Okkoto

and the boars on the move yet?



Yes, the boars are marching.



The trees cry out as they die,

but you cannot hear them.



I lie here.

I listen to the pain of the forest...



and feel the ache

of the bullet in my chest...



and dream of the day when I will finally

crunch that gun woman's head in my jaws.



Moro, why can't the humans

and the forest live together?



Why can't we stop

this fighting now?



The humans are gathering

for the final battle.



The flames of their guns

will burn us all.



And what happens to San? What's

your plan, to let her die with you?



Typical. Selfish.

You think like a human.



San is my daughter.

She is of the wolf tribe.



When the forest dies,

so does she.



You must set her free!

She's not a wolf. She's human!



Silence, boy.



How dare you speak

to a god like that.



I caught her human parents

defiling my forest.



They threw their baby

at my feet as they ran away.



Instead of eating her,

I raised her as my own.



Now, my poor, ugly, beautiful daughter

is neither human nor wolf.



How could you help her?



I don't know, but at least

we might find a way to live.






Will you join forces with San

and fight the humans?



No. All that would do

is cause more hatred.



There is nothing

you can do, boy.



Soon the demon mark

will spread and kill you.



Leave this place at sunrise.

Return and I shall kill you.



You're feeling all right?



I'm fine, thanks to you

and the Forest Spirit.






Yakul, sorry if I worried you.



Oh. Ah.



I guess my legs are still

pretty weak, huh?



It's so quiet. I wonder where

our friends the little kodama went.



Ah. I can smell the ironworks.



Thanks for showing us the way!

I have another favor to ask!



Will you please give this

to San for me?



Let's go.



It stinks,

and it burns my eyes.



That's what they want. They're trying

to kill our sense of smell.



It's that damn woman again.



She knows we're out here.



- It's a trap and a stupid one.

- What?



They're trying to lure

the boars out of the forest.



- No.

- The humans are planning something.



Then we have to find Okkoto while there's still

time to stop him or else they'll be killed!



Okkoto is too stubborn.

He won't listen. None of them will.



They may even know it's a trap.

The boars are a proud race.



The last one left alive will still

be charging blindly forward.



- Why chop the trees down?

- To make them angry, which makes them stupid.



Mother, I have to go.

Okkoto's blind.



I must be his eyes.

You understand?



Do as you must.



You know that boy wanted to share

his life with you.



I hate him!

I hate all humans!



From Ashitaka for me?






You two, stay with San.



I must go to the Forest Spirit.

- Right. Let's go.



The Moro tribe has

come to fight with you.



Where can I find Lord Okkoto?



Good luck, my friend.






It's coming from Irontown.



Let's go!



- Halt! Who goes there?

- Samurai again.



- Halt, I said!

- Out of the way!



What the devil

was that thing?



Don't waste your arrows.

He's knocking them away.



- He's a dead man anyway.

- Cease fire. Cease fire!



- Toki, come and look.

- It can't be.



- It's Ashitaka.

- So it's not a ghost.



- Ashitaka!

- Toki!



- Are you all right?

- We're all right.



Lord Asano's samurai thought they'd try

and ambush us while our men were away.



- Thought we'd just roll over.

- But we showed them!



- We sure did!

- Where's Lady Eboshi?



She took every able-bodied man

and went to kill the Forest Spirit.



We're cut off here. We can't even

get a message to Lady Eboshi.



The Forest Spirit.

That explains the explosions.



Hey, sir, I've still

got your bow and arrows!



Aren't you gonna tell him

you've got his cloak and saddle too?



- Oh, I do?

- Oh, you're useless.



Many thanks, Kohroku!



I'll try and bring you some help!

Can you hold out?



Don't worry! We can always pour

hot iron on them.



- Bring back Lady Eboshi!

- And don't take too long!



I missed.



They're bringing boats

across the river!



Go and get Lady Eboshi.

We'll hold them off as long as we can!



I'll be back! I promise!



- We'll be here!

- Be careful!



Get him!

Stop that man!



Looks like they're gonna

try to cut us off. Run, Yakul.



You two, go that way!



Burning animal flesh.






Stay back!



Show me your wound.



You'll have to stay here. Wait for me.

I'll come back for you.



I said, stay!



We're almost there,

my friend.



Who goes there?



My orders are no outsiders

permitted here.



All right, but I've

just come from Irontown.



I have a message for Lady Eboshi.

Tell me where I can find her.



The Eboshi woman's not here. Give me

the message. I'll make sure she gets it.



I must speak with her.

Now where is she?



It's really you?

You're still alive, lad?



It looks like you men

had a worse time than I did.



- We've been burying our friends all day.

- Oh, it was horrible, horrible.



- Irontown has come under attack.

- What?



The women and the lepers

have fallen back to the inner wall.



- We haven't got a lot of time.

- Those samurai bastards.



Asano must have just been waiting

for us to leave Irontown.



Now I must find Lady Eboshi.



She's off hunting down

the Forest Spirit.



Then someone's got

to stop her, call her back.



If you're all done, I want you out of

here. The rest of you, keep digging!



- Wait! What about Irontown?

- That's right! It's our home!



What do they expect us to do,

just abandon Irontown?



You heard the boy!

We haven't a moment to lose.



- Send a message to Lady Eboshi!

- The forest is too big!



No messenger would have

a chance of finding her!



Then send out a hunter!

What else are they good for?



Lady Eboshi

is just being used byJigo.



Tell me something. When you fought with

the boars, were there any wolves with them?



Did you see San,

the Wolf Girl?



I have no idea. It was pitch black

when the animals came at us.



She was there.

I saw her.



I was right in the front line.

I saw everything, everything.



- What happened?

- I'm not sure!



Everything started happening so fast.

It was like a nightmare.



Jigo's troops put us in front

as bait to lure the boars in.



They didn't tell us

about the land mines under our feet...



or the grenades

coming in on top of us.






Where is she?

Where's San?



Take it easy.

I'm trying to get you out.



There's a wolf over here!



Hey! Hurry!

Young master, what are you doing?



- What's going on?

- No! What do you think you're doing?



I have got to find Lady Eboshi.

This wolf's gonna help me find her.



You're on their side,

aren't you, boy?



Stand aside!



What's more important

to all of you?



The head of the Forest Spirit

or saving your town?



Those darts are poison.



That's enough now!



I'm not gonna

slave any longer!



Come on! Let's get this thing

off of him! All together now!



Heave! Heave!









Look out!



After you've come through the swamp,

take cover by the lake until we get there.



- Right!

- Be careful.



Those riflemen with milady

belong toJigo.



Here. Take these. Where I'm going,

they won't be of any use.



You go with them, Yakul.

Look after him!



Find San!

That's where we'll find Eboshi!



Come on. Keep moving.

Straight ahead. Today we finish this.



- Sir.

- Yes? Ah, have you spotted them?



Okkoto's badly wounded.



He and the Wolf Girl are making their

way to the realm of the Forest Spirit.



So they're going to beg him for

his help, are they? Keep after them,



but stay out of sight or you'll

frighten the Forest Spirit away.



Yes, sir. I understand.



That was boar's blood

painted on his face, wasn't it?



Uh-huh, a little trade secret.

Don't want to smell human.



We're almost at the pool

of the Forest Spirit.



Just a little farther.

Keep going.



What was that?



Lord Okkoto, something's wrong.

We have to keep moving.



- Something's out there.

- What? With so much blood in the air, I can't smell it.



I should have known it was you!



- You did this!

- Because of you, the forest will die!



You're wrong! We've all been fighting to

save it! This is the thanks you give us?



- You bring bad things!

- Bad things coming, neither human or animal.



- What do you mean,

"neither human or animal"?



- They're coming!

- It's the end for us!



They're warriors.



They've come back.



My warriors!



They have come back to me

from the land of the dead.



- Forward, my warriors!

- Okkoto, listen!



- Forward to the pool of the Forest Spirit!

- Okkoto, no, wait!



No, Lord Okkoto!

Your warriors haven't come back to you.



Those are humans wearing the skins

of your warriors to hide their scent!



It's a trick!



Don't you understand? It's just a human trick

to get us to lead them to the Forest Spirit!



Come out, Forest Spirit!

If you are truly master here,



give my warriors the power to slay

the humans and be victorious!



Stop, Lord Okkoto, please!

You've got to listen!



San, they're all around us.

Okkoto's done for. Leave him!



No! I won't let him turn

into a demon like Nago did!



Tell mother that the humans are setting

a trap for the Forest Spirit.



She'll know what to do.



You'll have to hurry,

or it could mean the end of all of us!



Go on now.



Stay back or you die!



And then this whole forest

will see just what you are!






Get back!



I burn!

There are flames growing inside of me.



You must fight it!

Don't let yourself become a demon!



Lord Okkoto!



What is it?



- Is it San?

- She's in danger.



Let's go.



I'm on fire.



No! I don't want

to become a demon!



Please stop, Okkoto!



You're too slow! Get on!



- A wolf.

- Hey!






You keep going!




I have something to say!



- Hold your fire!

- What is it you want?



Lord Asano's samurai

have attacked Irontown!



The women are outnumbered!

They can't hold them off for long!



Forget about

the Forest Spirit!



Your men are already heading back to

Irontown, but they need you to lead them!



What proof is there

this isn't a lie?



Lie? Don't be ridiculous!

What reason do I have to lie?



So it's don't kill the forest gods.

Now you want us to kill samurai instead.



No! What I want is for the humans

and the forest to live in peace!



- Just whose side is he on anyway?

- Shouldn't we go back?



The women are on their own now.

I've done all I can for them.



They can take care

of themselves.



There's the pool.

The creature must be somewhere nearby.



It's the moment of truth, boys,

so keep your eyes peeled.



Why do we need

that woman, sir?



When you're going to kill a god,

let someone else do your dirty work.



Moro, what happened to you?

San! It's me, Ashitaka!













Turned into a demon.



Leave, boy.



Fight me and the Forest Spirit

will never come.



Lord Okkoto, calm your fury!



O mighty lord, let me have the girl!

I beg of you! Please, let her go!



San! Are you there?

It's me! Ashitaka!






Kill him!






Stop him!

He'll ruin everything!









Oh, Ashitaka!



- San!

- Ashitaka!



And here I was saving

the last of my strength...



to bite off that damn woman's head.

But I must save San.



Close ranks!

Use your grenades!



Don't touch him.

He's no longer a god.



You can't even speak,

can you?



Well done, men. Now, fall back

and get the wounded out of here.



Go on.



Ooh, what a revolting spectacle.






It's him.



Give me back my daughter, demon.




can you save the girl you love?



The Forest Spirit.



Eboshi! Hold your fire!






Eboshi! Your enemy's

not the Forest Spirit.



- But that should have killed it.

- He's a god. It'll take more than one shot.






Don't die.



I don't get it. The Great Forest

Spirit took their lives away.






- Quick! He's starting to change.

- Now watch closely, everyone.



I'm going to show you

how to kill a god,



a god of life and death.



The trick is not to fear him.



No! Stop!






You will die!



She did it! Quickly!

Go get the head!



Quick, Jigo!

Bring me that box of yours!



The porters are all dead!

Hurry! Hurry!



Be careful not to touch the spirit's

body! It'll suck the life out of you!



Here it is!

One head, as promised!



Watch out!






I told you.

A wolf's head can still bite.



Come on!

We got to get out of here.



- Hurry!

- It's coming, sir!



- Run!

- Run!



Gonza, we've got

to get to the island!



- Island? I can't swim!

- Then walk along the bottom.



Give her to me!

I'll cut her throat!



Your claim has been avenged.

Your mother saw to that. Here.



- Lady Eboshi.

- Help me.



Don't waste your sympathy.




- I promised Toki that

I'd bring you back to Irontown.



He's searching for his head.

We can't stay here.



San, you have got to help us.



No! You're on their side!

You always were!



Take that damn woman

and just go away!







I hate all of you humans!



Yes, I'm human, San,

and so are you.



Stop it!

I'm a wolf, you hear?



- San?

- Stay back!






I'm sorry.

I tried to stop it.



It's over. Everything's over.

The forest is dead.



Nothing is over. The two of us are

still alive. Now, will you help me, San?



Hey, wait!

Come back! Help us!



A little crisis

and they panic. Whoa!



Whoa! What are you doing?

This way!



Look! The head is moving!



It's calling him to us!



There you go.



- It shouldn't jam anymore.

- Thanks.



- It's awfully quiet.

- Asano is waiting for sunrise.



I wonder if that young man

ever found Lady Eboshi.



Don't worry about him.

He found her, all right.



They'll be marching

over that hill any minute now.



Big dope. Don't ask me why I love him.



- Hey, Kohroku!

- Let him sleep, Toki, while he can.






- What's that?

- I don't know, but I don't like it.



It's the Nightwalker!



Everybody, hold your positions!



- Toki, it's coming right at us.

- Run! We've gotta go!



No! We promised Lady Eboshi

we would defend Irontown!



Look! Over there!

He's come back!



Get everyone out!



The Great Spirit's head's been cut off,

and he wants it back!



If that black ooze touches you,

you're dead!



Run for the lake!

The water will slow it down!



Lady Eboshi and the men

are on their way from the other side.



I'm gonna try to return his head

before he kills us all. Hurry!



- What are we gonna do now?

- It'll kill us all!



- We'll never get out now!

- That's enough!



Get everyone down to the lake and stay

calm. We can carry the sick and the wounded.



Not that way! Stop!



Oh! There it goes!



We're done for!



Once the forge burns, that's it.

That'll be the end of Irontown.



We're still alive, Kohroku.

We'll manage somehow. Now, let's go.



There they are!






Stop right there!



Whoa! Oh, you're both alive.

Oh, how nice.



I'm giving the creature back its head.

Put the box down and back away.



Give the head back now?

Come on, boy. Don't be silly.



Now, when the sun's

about to come up?



Look! He's a brainless,

swollen, life-sucking god of death.



At sunrise he'll vanish.



Sir, it's coming!

We've gotta get out of here!



Look, everybody wants everything.

That's the way the world is.



But I might

actually get it.



Don't force me to kill you.



Oh, dear, you make it sound

so very easy.



You really

ought to... relax!



Get going!









I got it! Whoa! Ooh!



Everything's... Oof.

Under control! Oof.



This is bad.



Master, we're surrounded!



- Come on, sun! Rise!

- Open the box!



Don't you see?

It's too late for that now!



Why are you wasting

your breath talking to him?



Human hands must return it!



Don't say I didn't warn you.



Forest Spirit!



We give you back your head!



Take it and be at peace!



Uh, well, that got

his attention, all right.



Well, I think it's over.



- Hello!

- It's the men.



The men! The men are back!



I really can't believe we made it. I

never thought I'd live to see home again.



- Milady! You're here!

- Her ladyship has been injured.



Look! It's falling on Irontown!



Hang on tight, everybody!

Don't let go!



Huh? I didn't know the Forest Spirit

made the flowers grow.



San. San, look.



Even if all the trees return,

it won't be his forest anymore.



The Great Forest Spirit is dead now.



Never. He's life itself.

He's not dead, San.



He's here right now,

trying to tell us something,



that it's time

for us both to live.



Ashitaka, you mean so much to me,



but I can't forgive the humans

for what they've done.



I understand. You'll live in the forest,

and I'll go help them rebuild Irontown.



I'll always be near.

Yakul and I will come and visit you...



whenever we can, all right?



Amazing. The wolves and that crazy

little Wolf Girl helped save us all.



Ashitaka. Can someone find him?

I need to thank him.



We're going to start all over again.

This time we'll build a better town.



Well, I give up.

You can't win against fools.



In the moonlight

I felt your heart



Quiver like

a bowstring's pulse



In the moon's mere light

you looked at me



Nobody knows your heart



When the sun has gone

I see you



Beautiful and haunting

but cold



Like the blade of a knife

so sharp, so sweet



Nobody knows your heart



All of your sorrow

grief and pain



Locked away

in the forest of the night



Your secret heart

belongs to the world



Of the things

that sigh in the dark



Or the things

that cry in the dark




Special help by SergeiK