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The Magic of Japanese Animation Now Screening at PFA

Posted November 17, 1999

CritterJapanese animated films are hotter than ever, evidenced by the box-office success of "Pokemon: The First Movie," and critical acclaim for "Princess Mononoke."

Films from one of the top studios in Japan are screening at the new Pacific Film Archive Theater, located at 2575 Bancroft Way, Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 28.

Studio Ghibli is Japan's pre-eminent, feature-length animated film producer. Founded by filmmakers Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki in 1984, the studio has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success for its films, notable for their dazzling visual intensity and emotional resonance. The studio's epic adventure film "Princess Monoke" has been seen by more Japanese viewers than any other domestic film.

Films in the PFA retrospective include: Friday, Nov. 26, "Castle in the Sky," about a girl's quest to unravel the secret of a glorious flying island that shelters a hidden city, showing at 2:30 and 7 p.m., and "Grave of the Fireflies," a story of children in the final days of WW2, showing at 5 and 9:25 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27, "Whisper of the Heart," recounts the adventures of a girl who hopes to meet a boy who has previously checked out all her favorite books at the library. It shows at 5:15 and 7:25 p.m., "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," follows a brave young woman living a millennium after biowarfare has destroyed civilization, shows at 9:35 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28, "Pompoko," a tribute to Japanese folk legends like the tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like creatures, showing at 5:15 and 7:35 p.m. The later show will be introduced by Japanese animation expert Gilles Poitras.

Admission is $6 for one film and $7.50 for double bills. Museum members, Berkeley students, seniors, persons with disabilities and children under 13 receive special discounts. For information, call 642-1412.



November 17 - 23, 1999 (Volume 28, Number 15)
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