Anime Film Festival
Members $8, Public $12 (Per film) / Receive a 15% discount for purchases of more than one film. Join us for three days of film featuring Anime classics.
Friday, March 24
Akira (1988, dir. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 124 mins., R)
Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society that once called him weak.
Saturday, March 25
Kingdom of Dream and Madness (2013, dir. Mami Sunada, 118 mins, NR)
Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind*(1984, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 117 mins, PG)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered by many to be Hayao Miyazaki’s masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.
Paprika (2006, dir. Satoshi Kon, 90 mins., R)
In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the “DC Mini” it is able to act as a “dream detective” to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her alter-ego, code name “PAPRIKA,” in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.
Miss Hokusai (2016, dirs. Keiichi Hara & Stephanie Sheh, 99 mins, PG-13)
From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter, O-Ei, toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale. After the film, head to our Floor 3 Asian galleries to view works of Katsushika Hokusai in the IMA’s collection.
Howl’s Moving Castle* (2004, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 119 mins, PG)
Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year-old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste.
Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young, grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world.
*Film screened in 35mm.