2013 / Miyazaki anime screening “Ponyo” Feb. 10, 4:00 pm


The American Cinematheque Presents

The Castle Returns: Miyazaki, Takahata and The Masters Of Studio Ghibli 2013

January 25 – February 10, 2013 at the Egyptian & Aero Theatres

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave at 14th St, Santa Monica, CA 90043



Saturday, February 9 – 7:30 PM – Egyptian Theatre                

Double Feature:

20130208 Ghibli Totoro



1988, Studio Ghibli, 86 min. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki.

Recommended ages: 10+ to Adult.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

The third Studio Ghibli feature from former Toei animator-turned-writer, producer, director and entrepreneur Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of two young sisters, Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe, who move into a new house with their father near a vast forest to be closer to their ailing, hospitalized mother.

Discovering wondrous forest spirits and dust bunnies, they also encounter Totoro, a giant lumbering bunny-esque creature.

Here is a children’s film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign.

A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO has become one of the most beloved of all family films without ever having been much promoted or advertised.” – Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times.


20130208 Ghibli KiKis



1989, Studio Ghibli, 102 min. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

From legendary director Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt.

It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft.

When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries.


Sunday, February 10 – 4:00 PM – Aero Theatre

20130122 Miyazaki Anime Ponyo

"Ponyo" directed by Hayao Miyazaki



2008, Gkids, 101 min.

Dubbed in English from Japanese.

Featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Betty White.

A heart-warming love story whose intricate, hand-drawn animation will dazzle the eyes, writer-director Hayao Miyazaki’s eighth film for Studio Ghibli was loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Ponyo is a goldfish living happily with her wizard father and sea-goddess mother until wanderlust brings her to a little fishing village, where she is rescued by Sosuke.

Smitten by the boy, Ponyo becomes human with some of her dad’s sorcery, but using those powers throws the whole world out of balance.

Will Ponyo choose to live in the world of people or of magic?

This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched.” – Roger Ebert.


Saturday, February 10 – 7:30 PM – Aero Theatre    

Double Feature:

20130201 American Cinematheque Ghibli Nausicaa



1984, Studio Ghibli, 116 min. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki.

Dubbed in English from Japanese.

Featuring the voices of Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Shia LeBeouf, Edward James Olmos.

This first of many triumphs for Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is set a thousand years after a nuclear holocaust has gutted the globe.

After the death of her father and an attack from the hostile Tormekia, Princess Nausicaa must use her uncanny ability to communicate with the giant crustacean Ohmu to unite her people against the threat of annihilation.

Based on the manga of the same name, and using Miyazaki’s distinct stylistic flare for the dreamlike and fantastical, the film also inaugurates Miyazaki’s enduring collaboration and friendship with composer Joe Hisaishi.

Its visually breathtaking, truly dexterous animation is more than worthy of a repeat viewing, let alone a first.

20130208 Ghibli Castle



1986, Studio Ghibli, 124 min.

Dubbed in English from Japanese.

Featuring the voices of Cloris Leachman, Anna Pacquin, Mandy Patinkin, Andy Dick.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most stunningly beautiful, exciting, and infrequently screened films.

A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu.

Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets.

CASTLE IN THE SKY is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision presaged later films like PRINCESS MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY




Sunday, February 10 – 7:30 PM – Egyptian Theatre

20130127 American Cinematheque Ghibli Mononoke

"Princess Mononoke" Directed by Hayao Miyazaki



1997, Studio Ghibli, 134 min.

Recommended ages: 10+ to Adult.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a deadly curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life.

Traveling west to find a cure and meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest, where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods.