We will be showing each Miyazaki movie at 3pm and 7pm Monday-Friday. The showing of Ponyo (Japanese version) will be aon Saturday at 9pm.
(Bio Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao?, born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is a prominent filmaker of many popular animated feature films. He is also a co-founder of Studio Ghilbi an animation studio and production company.
He remained largely unknown to the West, outside of animation communities, until Miramax released his 1997 Princess Monoke. By that time, his films had already enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan and Central Asia. For instance, Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan until Titanic (1997) came out a few months later, and the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. His later film, Spirited Away, had that distinction as well, and was the first anime film to win an Academy Award topping Titanic in the Japanese box office. Howl’s Moving Castle was also nominated but did not receive the award.
Miyazaki’s films often incorporate recurrent themes, such as humanity’s relationship to nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. Reflecting Miyazaki’ feminism, the protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women; the villains, when present, are often morally ambiguous characters with redeeming qualities.
Miyazaki’s films have generally been financially successful, and this success has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney. In 2006, Time Magazine voted Miyazaki one of the most influential Asians of the past 60 years.
Anime directed by Miyazaki that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, and Kiki’s Delivery Service in 1989.
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
My Neighbor Totoro
SHOWING: MON, AUGUST 3rd (3PM & 7PM)
Critically acclaimed as one of the most delightful and charming family films ever, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a stunning animated treat full of magical adventure from Hayao Miyazaki. Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro, who can be seen only through the eyes of a child. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters — including a cat that doubles as a bus! — and takes them on an incredible journey. Full of wonder and heart, this spectacular 2-disc set features the voice talents of Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a magical experience for the whole family!
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
Howl's Moving Castle
SHOWING: TUE, AUGUST 4TH (3PM & 7PM)
In Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated masterpiece, journey beyond imagination and enter a “breathtaking fantasy world” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) filled with adventure, humor and heart. Sophie, a quiet 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. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell. Featuring the voice talents of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, and Billy Crystal, Miyazaki’s artistry comes to life on DVD with inventive characters, unique storytelling and richly detailed animation.
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE
Kiki's Delivery Service
SHOWING: WED, AUGUST 5TH (3PM & 7PM)
Rarely does a film touch so many hearts or reach such artistic heights as the highly acclaimed KIKI’S DELIVERY SERIVCE, the magical adventure of an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her chatty black cat Jiji, KiKi flies off for the adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying delivery service. Here begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility as she finds her place in the world. The breathtaking animation of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and the star voice talents of Kirsten Dunst (KiKi), Phil Hartman (Jiji), Matthew Lawrence (Tombo), and more make KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE soar with an energy, excitement, and the kind of imagination that entertains again and again!
SHOWING: THUR, AUGUST 6TH (3PM & 7PM)
Claire Danes (THE MOD SQUAD), Minnie Driver (GOOD WILL HUNTING), and Billy Bob Thornton (ARMAGEDDON, SLING BLADE) head a cast of hot Hollywood stars who lend their talents to this exquisitely animated, overwhelmingly acclaimed adventure epic! Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka (Billy Crudup — WITHOUT LIMITS) sets out for the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi (Driver) and a proud clan of humans against the forest’s animal gods, who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke (Danes), a young woman raised by wolves! Also starring Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES) and Jada Pinkett Smith (SCREAM 2), this monumental struggle between man and nature will have you transfixed as stunning artistry blends with epic storytelling to create a uniquely entertaining motion picture!
SHOWING: FRI, AUGUST 7TH (3PM & 7PM)
From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema comes the most acclaimed film of 2002. Hayao Miyazaki’s latest triumph, filled with astonishing animation and epic adventure, is a dazzling masterpiece for the ages. It’s a “wonderfully welcoming work of art that’s as funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful, and deep” (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal). SPIRITED AWAY is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story brimming with creativity, SPIRITED AWAY will take you on a journey beyond your imagination. “To enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki is to experience a kind of lighthearted enchantment that is unique to the world of animation” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). It’s a fantastic tale the whole family will want to experience over and over again.
PONYO (JAPANESE VERSION, ENGLISH SUB)
PONYO (JAPANESE VERSION, ENGLISH SUBTITLE)
SHOWING: SATURDAY AUG. 8TH 9PM
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is about a mysterious fish-girl, fleeing her oppressive father who keeps her locked up under the sea, finds herself rescued by Sosuke, a 5-year old who names her Ponyo and finds himself determined to care for her. Naturally, her father is similarly determined to get her back- and keep her from becoming human. Walt Disney will be releasing the English dubbed version in theatres August 14th. Come check it out at Fruitealicious before everyone else!