Miyazaki Mania 2019
Presented by The Roxie, Spoke Art and MiDNITES FOR MANiACS. Accompanied by new screen prints in Spoke Art’s ongoing Roxie poster series. Hosted by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks.
6:30p – Spirited Away (35mm, subbed) SOLD OUT
9:15p – Princess Mononoke (35mm, subbed)
1:45p – My Neighbor Totoro (digital, dubbed)
4:00p – Ponyo (digital, subbed)
6:45p – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (35mm, subbed)
9:30p – Spirited Away (35mm, subbed)
4:00p – My Neighbor Totoro (35mm, subbed)
6:15p – Porco Rosso (digital, subbed)
8:30p – Princess Mononoke (35mm, subbed)
Individual tickets are $14. Buy a pass to see all 6 for $70. Limited amount of passes available at box office.
Free or discounted for members.
Tickets for children (12 and under) are $9 and are available at box office only for subbed screenings, and available online and at box office for dubbed show of Totoro.
Spirited Away (35mm)
10-year-old Chihiro and her parents are riding along during a family outing through the countryside when they stumble across an amusement park that has seemingly been abandoned for years. Despite Chihiro’s premonitions about the creepy setting, her parents explore the area and eventually discover and indulge in an empty eatery filled with fresh food. As a result of their unfaithfulness, they are magically turned into pigs, which in turn scares away Chihiro. She meets the enigmatic Haku, who explains to her that this land is actually a magical bath house, a kind of holiday resort, where supernatural beings seek comfort away from the earthly realm and she must work here, as laziness is not permitted, to free both herself and her parents from the mystical land. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Princess Mononoke (35mm)
While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a deadly curse. To find the cure that will save his life, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit’s realm where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolves. It’s not long before Ashitaka is caught in the middle of a battle between iron-ore prospecting humans and the forest dwellers. He must summon the spirit-powers and all his courage to stop man and nature from destroying each other. In Japanese with English subtitles.
My Neighbor Totoro (35mm)
Hayao Miyazaki’s fourth feature film tells the story of young sisters Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe, who move with their father, into a new house near a vast forest, in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Discovering wondrous forest spirits, they also encounter Totoro, a giant, lumbering bunny-esque creature. Plays in English on Saturday, 12/21 and in Japanese with subtitles on 12/22.
In a small town by the sea lives five year old Sosuke, high on a cliff overlooking the Inland Sea. One morning while playing on the rocky beach below his house, he discovers a goldfish he names Ponyo, her head stuck in a jam jar. Sosuke rescues Ponyo and keeps her in a green plastic bucket. Both Ponyo and Sosuke are fascinated by each other and promise to stay firm friends until Ponyo’s father, a sorcerer who lives deep under the sea, forces her to return with him to the ocean depths. What follows is an amazing underwater adventure for all ages. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (35mm)
Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaa is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. Like most Studio Ghibli films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. In Japanese with English subtitles.
An ace fighter pilot and ex-member of the Italian Air Force during WWI is mysteriously cursed with a pig’s face. Disillusioned with humanity, he adopts the name Porco Rosso (“Crimson Pig”) and spends his time near the Adriatic Sea, drinking at a local bar and fighting off air pirates for cash. Famous for his unsurpassable flying skills, Porco draws the envy and antagonism of an American pilot who plots to take him down with the help of the fascist Italian police. In this enthralling, endearing and mesmerizing piece of animation cinema, Miyazaki gives free reign to his well-known obsession with airplanes by creating some of the most thrilling aerial scenes ever drawn. A thrilling ride you’ll never forget! In Japanese with English subtitles.
Individual tickets are $14. Buy a pass to see all 6 for $70 here. Free or discounted for members.
Tickets for children (12 and under) are $9 and are available at box office only for subbed screenings, and available online and at box office for dubbed shows.