Japanese Animation Series
October 7, 13, & 21, 2004
All screenings at the Wang Center Theatre. Co-sponsored with The Japan Center; organized by Etsuko Maruoka-Ng, firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
October 7: Spirited Away
The 2002 Academy Award winner for the Best Animated Film. Spirited Away is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents are mysteriously transformed into pigs, she must call upon her courage to free herself and return her family to the outside world. (Hayao Miyazaki 2001)
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:00 p.m.
October 13: Princess Mononoke
A tale of civilization versus nature set in medieval Japan, directed by anime master Hayao Miyazaki. While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the warrior Ashitaka is cursed with a rapidly spreading scar that threatens to end his life. Seeking a cure and a reason for the animal-god's attack, he journeys into the sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit's realm. Soon Ashitaka's quest to solve the beast's fatal curse brings him into the midst of human political intrigues as well as the more crucial battle between man and nature. (Hayao Miyazaki 1997)
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7:00 p.m.
October 21: Millennium Actress
After nearly 30 years of living in strict seclusion, the aged film star Chiyoko grants an interview to journalist Genya. As their conversation unfolds, Chiyoko’s memories of her youth flash back. Chiyoko shelters and falls in love with an anti-government activist as a young girl. The activist disappears, leaving her with only a key to "the most important thing in the world." She spends the rest of her life chasing after him, becoming an actress in the meantime. The chase is beautifully illustrated through scenes from her past movies, which represent 1000 years of Japan's history (from samurai to the world wars to the space age) and 100 years of Japan's film history. (Satoshi Kon 2001)
Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m.
October 27: Ramayana: The Legend
of Prince Rama
Groundbreaking collaboration between Hindu epic storytelling and Japanese animation genius. The virtuous Rama rescues his beautiful wife Sita from the ten-headed demon Ravana with the help of the brawny Monkey King Hanuman. Animation by Kobayashi, narrated by James Earl Jones, and directed by Ram Mohan and Yugo Sako. (Ram Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m.