The Time Studio Ghibli Stood Up To Harvey Weinstein With A Samurai Sword

The Time Studio Ghibli Stood Up To Harvey Weinstein With A Samurai Sword
Image: 映画「夢と狂気の王国」

Image: 映画「夢と狂気の王国」

Among the many things for which former Hollywood mogul and alleged predator Harvey Weinstein was notorious were re-editing movies as he saw fit, earning the nickname “Harvey Scissorhands.” But when Weinstein was handling Princess Mononoke‘s US release, Studio Ghibli wouldn’t be bullied and sent Weinstein a samurai sword with the words “No cuts” to prove it.

Back in a 2005 interview recently reposted by Metro, SoraNews and Kobini, Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki told The Guardian about the experience.

At that time, Disney had the rights to Princess Mononoke in the United States, and Harvey Weinstein, who then headed up Disney subsidiary Miramax Films, was overseeing its release.

According to The Guardian, the rumour was that Miyazaki sent Weinstein a samurai sword with “No cuts” on the blade.

“Actually, my producer did that,” Miyazaki clarified, seeming to refer to longtime producer Toshio Suzuki. “Although I did go to New York to meet this man, this Harvey Weinstein, and I was bombarded with this aggressive attack, all these demands for cuts.”

“I defeated him,” Miyazaki said at the time, smiling.


  • Another way of looking at it, was that all it took was katana to distract him from the film. I’m betting it was it’s shininess.

  • Thank the anime gods that ass didnt get to cut mononoke to ribbons, that movie was already amazingly edited and didnt need to be fucked over, any addtional cute would have ruined the tone of that movie

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