Studio Ghibli Retrospective Features New 35mm Prints of Hayao Miyazaki Classics
Press release from American Cinematheque:
The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres is the exclusive Los Angeles venue for the G-Kids tour of a 20-year retrospective of the work of Japan's Studio Ghibli, renowned for their masterpieces of animation. The retrospective runs Thursday, January 26 to Sunday, February 12 and will include 14 Studio Ghibli feature films produced between 1984 and 2008, including Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award® winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, and Kiki's Delivery Service.
Studio Ghibli, founded in Tokyo in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli's films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002, and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of "the most influential people" by TIME magazine.
The American Cinematheque is thrilled to present a comprehensive retrospective of Studio Ghibli's films, including new 35mm prints of several films that have never been released in North America. The organization has had a long history of playing Studio Ghibli films, since holding a sneak preview screening of Kiki's Delivery Service. The Los Angeles engagement follows an enormously successful debut for the retrospective at New York's IFC Center. The tour continues Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and other major markets.
The series will provide an opportunity to see Miyazaki's beloved favorites My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle In The Sky and Porco Rosso, as well as seldom-seen films by Takahata, such as Pom Poko, Only Yesterday and My Neighbors The Yamadas. Also included in this comprehensive program are the first Ghibli feature to be made by someone other than Miyazaki or Takahata, Tomomi Mochizuki's Ocean Waves, Miyazaki protégé Yoshifumi Kondo's sole feature Whisper of the Heart and Hiroyuki Morita's sequel to the Kondo film, The Cat Returns.
Half of the films will be presented in the original Japanese language versions with English subtitles, and half will be dubbed in English for a more family-friendly experience. Please refer to the event details for information.