THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA + ONLY YESTERDAY

As a tribute to the late Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, we bring you two of his masterpieces. See either for $12 or both for $15.


THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, 7pm

The final film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata is one of the Japanese animation studio’s very best. A bamboo cutter discovers a tiny girl in a bamboo shoot and adopts her as his daughter, but the old man’s attempts to raise her as a princess are at odds with the girl’s homespun nature. This beautiful fantasy, based on a Japanese folktale, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. “Exquisitely drawn with both watercolor delicacy and a brisk sense of line.” – Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times.

2013, 137 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata. In Japanese with English subtitles.

ONLY YESTERDAY, 9:30pm

Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories that unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, the frustrations of math and boys. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, ONLY YESTERDAY is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and the 1980s, and the quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia. Studio Ghibli is known for its female heroines, from Princesses Nausicaa and Mononoke to Kiki to Ponyo – but with ONLY YESTERDAY it delves deeper into the real emotional experiences of girls/women than perhaps any animated film before or since.

1991, 118 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahat. In Japanese with English subtitles.


NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime

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See either for $12 or both for $15.

 

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