My Neighbor Totoro
Two little girls and their father move into a beautiful old house in the countryside to be near their mother, who is seriously ill in hospital. Largely left to fend for themselves, Mei and her big sister Satsuki encounter a strange and beautiful world of forest sprites named ’Totoros’, a place where seeds can transform into huge trees in an instant, and buses shaped like cats traverse the countryside, all ot this unseen by adults.
Probably Miyazaki’s most beloved film (even Akira Kurosawa said how moved he was, and selected it among the greatest films ever made), this Ghibli classic makes the supernatural seem, well, natural, while exploring universal emotional undercurrents with rare sensitivity. It was also a very personal film for the writer-director, who was the same age as Mei when his own mother was hospitalized with tuberculosis. Heartbreaking and beguiling this is one to cherish.
Our matinee family-friendly shows will feature the English-language version, all ages welcome. Evening screenings will play in Japanese with English subtitles.
March 16: Introduced by Keith Blackmore
Whenever I watch it, I smile, and smile, and smile.
Evening: In Japanese with English subtitles
Best Animated Film of All Time: Time Out
More Studio Ghibli
The Wind Rises
Miyazaki's first "retirement" film is inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man much like the filmmaker, who grew up to be a designer and engineer, and who is best known for the "Zero" fighter plane, a masterpiece of aerodynamics.
Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra Performs the Music of Joe Hisaishi
Groove to the sounds of Ghibli! Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra is composed of musicians who share a love of Studio Ghibli films, video games, and anime. Their arrangements draw inspiration from big band, wind ensemble and orchestral music.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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When Marnie Was There
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Earwig and the Witch
Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. The headstrong young girl discovers a world of spells and potions.