JAPANESE ANIME GEMS
Japanese anime series with films in Japanese with English subtitles
Series programmed by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.
Thu, Feb 26 – 7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
Fri, Feb 27 – 7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
Sat, Feb 28 – 7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
Sun, Mar 1 – 7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
JAPANESE ANIME GEMS /Thu, Feb 26, 2015 – Sun, Mar 1, 2015
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
News from American Cinematheque
For the past three years, February has brought dazzling anime features from Studio Ghibli to our theaters. But the company’s Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are not the only great animators in Japan, and this month we spotlight films that are just as imaginative and ambitious as the best of Studio Ghibli.
Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s revolutionary anime AKIRA matched motorcycle gangs with military scientists in a post apocalyptic Tokyo; his follow up, STEAMBOY, filters similar themes through the prism of 1860s England.
With 1995 mystery GHOST IN THE SHELL, Mamoru Oshii emerged as an animator who could formulate challenging questions at the same time as bravura action sequences.
A protégé of both Ôtomo and Oshii, Satoshi Kon directed four features before his untimely death in 2010, including the “three men and a baby” tale TOKYO GODFATHERS and the multi-leveled dreamscapes of PAPRIKA.
Takeshi Koike’s tale of intergalactic drag racers, REDLINE, will throw your senses into overdrive. Two of the most visionary anime TV series inspired superb feature adaptations in COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE and TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE.