8:45pm - Tuesday, May 9, 2017
There is no better way to appreciate the magic of Studio Ghibli than on the big screen! Movie-lovers of all ages will adore this double-bill pairing of two beloved classics from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli's master storytellers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata – PONYO and POM POKO. On Tuesday, May 9, both films will screen in their original Japanese with English subtitles – see one, or see them both!
In POM POKO - a brilliant, and often overlooked Studio Ghibli masterpiece from Isao Takahata - the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object.
The tanuki spend their days playing idly in the hillsides and squabbling over food – until the construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb clears the nearby forest and threatens their way of life. In an effort to defend their home, the tanuki learn to transform into humans and start playing tricks to make the workers think the construction site is haunted, ending in a spectacular night-time spirit parade, with thousands of ghosts, dragons and other magical creatures descending on the city — in an abundance of fantastical characters that would not be matched on screen by Studio Ghibli until SPIRITED AWAY.
"Its ecological concerns, nuance and occasional lyricism place it squarely within the Ghibli oeuvre but not among its masterpieces." (The New York Times)
Movie 8:45 pm
Single Film Ticket $10 advance | $12 at the door
*If there are minors in your party, please ensure you purchase the correct "balcony seating" ticket option.
*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film! Please redeem at the door.
POM POKO (Isao Takahata, 1994 / 119 mins / PG / Japanese with English subs) Shape-shifting raccoons band together to save their forest homeland from the bulldozers of greedy land developers.
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