GO INTO THE WILD: A MAMORU HOSODA WEEKEND
Often heralded as the next Miyazaki, Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda has produced some fantastic films over the last two decades. To prepare you for his latest, Belle (opening January 14), we bring you: his first original movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time; his inventive feature about an A.I. gone rogue, Summer Wars; the adventure fantasy that crystalized his signature visual style, The Boy and The Beast; and his most critically acclaimed, highest-grossing film, Wolf Children.
Individual tickets are $13. Buy a pass to see all 4 for $40. Free or discounted for members.
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME
Saturday, January 8 at 3:45pm
When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, “leap” backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn’t as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends. 2006. 98 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Saturday, January 8 at 6:10pm
An epic cinematic achievement, Hosoda’s third feature follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half human, half wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself and her children. 2012. 117 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.
THE BOY AND THE BEAST
Sunday, January 9 at 3:30pm
When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. 2015. 119 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Sunday, January 9 at 6:15pm
Worlds collide in a tale where virtual reality meets actual reality. When Kenji Koiso is pulled from Oz-a popular social networking realm-to play “fiancé” to classmate Natsuki, he faces a mess of challenges. Between the boisterous and bickering characters of the Jinnouchi clan and the sudden chaos in Oz, Kenji and his new companions must learn the importance of coming together to face the toughest of odds. 2009. 114 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.