Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sun, Feb 23, 2014
7:30pm

BACK WITH THE WIND: MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA AND THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI
Double Feature!
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES / OCEAN WAVES
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
HOTARU NO HAKA
1988, GKIDS, 89 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata

This stark drama, adapted from Nosaka Akiyuki’s semi-autobiographical novel, is one of Studio Ghibli’s greatest achievements. Left to fend for themselves after their home is firebombed during the closing days of World War II, teen Seita and his 5-year-old sister Setsuko struggle to survive. “An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.” – Roger Ebert


OCEAN WAVES
UMI GA KIKOERU
1993, Studio Ghibli, 72 min, Japan, Dir: Tomomi Mochizuki

This subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation is rarely seen outside of Japan. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo, whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships. OCEAN WAVES was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, OCEAN WAVES is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery. Not available in any North American home viewing formats.


Screening formats: DCP (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES) and DigiBeta (OCEAN WAVES) | Both films in Japanese with English subtitles.
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Feb 23, 2014 • 7:30pm

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