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Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary

Two couples are devastated to learn that their children were swapped at birth six years ago. Are blood ties thicker than the bond of child rearing? This masterly, very moving drama won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at last year’s VIFF.

"Sublimely moving."—Maggie Lee, Variety

’Powered by Kore-eda’s innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It’s unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us."—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu’s heir becomes ever more assured."—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 09 04:50 pm

Discovered by a wood cutter inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl lights up the life of this childless peasant and his wife - even though they’re perplexed by the lightning speed with which she grows into an exquisite young lady. Their "little princess" enthralls everyone she meets, and bestows such bounty on the family that they wood cutter moves them to a city mansion, where she is courted by the most eligible bachelors far and wide. A gem of a film from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).

Princess Kaguya has the feel of a true Takahata film, from its unshrinking emotional fidelity to its sudden, exhilarating leaps into fantasy […] There is a deep wisdom in this film, but a deep sadness too. If it is Takahata’s farewell, it’s one that will have a long echo, just like his 1,000-year-old source.” Mark Schilling, Japan Times

"A visionary tour de force." Maggie Lee, Variety

A pinnacle of animation in the new millennium." Matt Patches, IGN Movies

(Yume to kyôki no ohkoku)
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014

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Oct 25 07:00 pm
Oct 26 06:30 pm

Award-winning director Mami Sunada is given unprecedented access to world famous Studio Ghibli during the year Hayao Miyazaki is making his most recent magnum opus The Wind Rises. The resulting documentary is a beautiful and often personal look at Miyazaki’s day to day life, the careful planning that goes into running Studio Ghibli and the process of bringing one man’s vision to life.

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014

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Oct 26 08:50 pm

Inspired by true events, Mizuho Nishikudo’s heartfelt anime retells the story of friendship and survival that unfolds in Shikotan, a small fishing island off the coast of Japan, in the summer of 1945 when Soviet troops occupied the island.