Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sun, Feb 16, 2014
7:30pm

BACK WITH THE WIND: MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA AND THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI
Double Feature!
WHISPER OF THE HEART / ONLY YESTERDAY

Two from Studio Ghibli: Japanese animation great Hayao Miyazaki adapted and produced WHISPER OF THE HEART, a gentle, coming-of-age drama about a high school girl who meets a magical cat. Playing on a double bill with ONLY YESTERDAY, the story of a road trip back to the country, taken by a bored twentysomething whose memory activates on the long ride. ONLY YESTERDAY is not available in a home viewing format in North America.

WHISPER OF THE HEART
MIMI WO SUMASEBA
1995, Studio Ghibli, 111 min, Japan, Dir: Yoshifumi Kondo

In the mid-1990s, the great Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY) wanted to begin mentoring a new generation of animation artists in Japan. The result was WHISPER OF THE HEART, a gentle coming-of-age drama scripted, produced and storyboarded by Miyazaki and then directed by Yoshifumi Kondo (later animation director on PRINCESS MONONOKE), whom Miyazaki hoped would introduce new blood into his Studio Ghibli. Adapted from the manga by Aoi Hiragi, the film tells the story of Shizuku, a shy student with high school entrance exam worries and inchoate aspirations, who meets a magical cat on a commuter bus and follows it to a boutique where significant objects abound, each with a story of its own. Notable for its celebration of the mysteries of daily living, in WHISPER OF THE HEART "Miyazaki's script suggests that a sense of magic can exist, even in everyday Tokyo," according to animation historian Charles Solomon. The story of a young girl finding her voice both literally and figuratively, WHISPER OF THE HEART is a film tinged by tragedy: Yoshifumi Kondo died of a brain aneurysm in 1998. His only feature attests to his talent, and Miyazaki has yet to find an equally gifted protégé.


ONLY YESTERDAY
OMOHIDE PORO PORO
1991, Studio Ghibli, 118 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata

Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories that unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, the frustrations of math and boys. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, ONLY YESTERDAY is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and the 1980s, and the quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia. Studio Ghibli is known for its female heroines, from Princesses Nausicaa and Mononoke to Kiki to Ponyo - but with ONLY YESTERDAY it delves deeper into the real emotional experiences of girls/women than perhaps any animated film before or since. Not available in any North American home viewing formats.


Screening format: 35mm | In Japanese with English subtitles.
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Feb 16, 2014 • 7:30pm

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