[Blueboard] Japanese Studies Week 2005 Filmshowings

Japanese Studies Program japanese at admu.edu.ph
Mon Aug 22 10:57:37 PHT 2005

The Japanese Studies Program invites everyone on the following:

   CHING TAN ROOM (SOM 111) 12:00 – 4:30 

   Film 1: “Spirited Away” by Hayao Miyazaki (anime) 
   Film 2: “Dreams” by Akira Kurosawa 

   Directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY is the tale of 
Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase), a young girl who is taken down an unusual 
road by her parents while moving to a new home in an unfamiliar town. The 
curiosity of Chihiro's mother (Lauren Holly) and father (Michael Chiklis) leads 
the reluctant child into what appears to be an abandoned amusement park. Soon 
her parents are greedily feasting on various delights from an enticing food 
stand and are literally turned into pigs. The frightened and bewildered girl 
then encounters a young man named Haku (Jason Marsden), who explains what she 
must do to navigate this strange and magical realm. Finding employment in a 
bathhouse for spirits and other odd characters--including kimono-wearing frogs, 
lumbering tentacled monsters, and a mysterious apparition named No Face--
Chihiro attempts to figure out how she can free her parents from the clutches 
of the resort's owner, a powerful witch named Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshet te). In 
the process, she makes some very eccentric friends--and has to deal with some 
notoriously stinky customers. A surreal adventure reminiscent of Lewis 
Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SPIRITED AWAY continues Miyazaki's streak of 
groundbreaking animated films that also includes PRINCESS MONONOKE and MY 
NEIGHBOR TOTORO. Succeeding MONONOKE as the most successful film in Japanese 
cinema history, this charming movie follows its own bizarre yet engaging logic 
as it reveals a cast of fascinating characters and jaw-dropping settings 
through stunningly beautiful hand-crafted animation. A movie experience like no 
other, SPIRITED AWAY is sure to enchant audiences of all ages, leaving viewers 
grinning with a giddy sense of wonderment. 

   Akira Kurosawa's DREAMS consists of eight short films based on actual dreams 
of the director. The first sequence, "Sunshine Through the Rain," features a 
young boy sneaking off into the forest on a rainy day to watch a procession of 
enchanted foxes. In "The Peach Orchard," a slightly older boy witnesses tree 
spirits performing a delicate dance. Weary travelers in "The Blizzard" face the 
elemental wrath of a snow enchantress, while "The Tunnel" finds a military 
officer haunted by the ghosts of his dead regiment. In "Crows," an art 
aficionado literally walks into the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh (played by 
Martin Scorsese). "Mount Fuji in Red" and "The Weeping Demon" are both 
fantastical cautionary tales about the hazards of nuclear power. Finally the 
gentle "Village of the Watermills" brings the film to a quiet, pastoral end. A 
highly personal project, DREAMS evinces its labor-of-love atmosphere in every 
sequence. As with all Kurosawa productions, each short film is meticulously 
designed and beautifully photographed. While many of the middle sequences are 
eerie and surreal, the first two films and the finale ("Sunshine Through the 
Rain," "The Peach Orchard," and "Village of the Watermills") are gorgeously 
lush and serene. 

B. "Mga Kuwento ni Lolo at Lola: Stories during the Japanese Occupation
   period of the Philippines"
   Wednesday 24 August 2005  
   2:00 - 4:00 pm
   Venue: SS AVR

C. Film Showing - Steamboy (anime)

   Wednesday 24 August 2005
   4:00 - 6:00 pm
   Venue: SS AVR

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