Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko
Imagine Watership Down, Studio Ghibli-style. Instead of rabbits, we have raccoons. And not just any raccoons – these critters have magical powers of transformation, albeit grown a little rusty in the modern age. As their habitat is stripped and paved by the encroaching humans, the good-natured but rather undisciplined forest creatures relearn their ancient powers and embark on a campaign of disruption and distraction.
Pom Poko ranks among Ghibli’s best; it’s incredibly free and imaginative in its animation, and effortlessly combines pathos, comedy, surreal imagery and a heartfelt ecological message. Director Isao Takahata cofounded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki. His other films include Graveyard of the Fireflies, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Only Yesterday.
Our matinee family-friendly shows will feature the English-language version, all ages welcome. Evening screenings will play in Japanese with English subtitles.
March 23: Introduced by Jeff Chiba Stearns
Pom poko is a delightful, often uproariously funny film, at once childishly irreverent and thoughtfully mature. Being a Ghibli work, it is beautifully rendered and technically impeccable, with a great number of memorable set pieces.
Tom Mes, Midnight Eye
Evening: In Japanese with English subtitles
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
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