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Film: Double Feature

Studio Ghibli Retrospective: Spirited Away (2001) and Pom Poko (1994)


Friday Jan 25, 2013 (7:30pm)



Egyptian Theatre (Venue Partner)

6712 Hollywood Blvd


Directions: The Egyptian Theatre is just east of Highland Avenue between Las Palmas Avenue and McCadden Place. Metro Stop: Hollywood & Highland


$7 - 11

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Spirited Away is Hayao Miyazaki's inimitable masterpiece. Traveling with her parents (soon to be transformed into pigs), premonitory and morose 10-year-old Chihiro chances upon an abandoned amusement park that fronts a sorceress-run holiday resort for Japanese spirits. After her parents' unfortunate transformations, Chihiro works at a spirit bathhouse and must confront scores of magical creatures in order to find a way to save her parents — and herself. In this beautifully ethereal universe, the Self is kaleidoscopically examined through splinters of Shinto, hints of Lewis Carroll, and Miyazaki's surrealist notion of spiritual pilgrimage.

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Egyptian Theatre says…

Spirited Away, 2001, Studio Ghibli, 125 min. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, 10-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dreamlike spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. In Japanese with English subtitles. Pom Poko, 1994, Studio Ghibli, 119 min. Dir. Isao Takahata. The forests are filled with magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard form to practically any object. The tanuki spend their days playing idly in the hillsides and squabbling over food - until the construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb clears the nearby forest and threatens their way of life. Recommended ages: 7 to Adult. In Japanese with English subtitles.