Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Theatrical Version)
Friday, September 29 at 7 PM
This intimate, revealing NHK documentary portrait of Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) follows the tireless animator from his announced semi-retirement in 2013 through his decision to develop Boro the Caterpillar, an animated short originally intended for the Ghibli Museum, into his final feature film. An enthusiastic talker full of self-deprecating witticisms and strong opinions about nearly everything, Miyazaki proves himself to be an endlessly fascinating subject, offering generous access to his creative process and life philosophy as he struggles to work out ideas while using CGI for the first time.
2017, 70 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kaku Arakawa.Tickets: This is a free screening. Tickets can be reserved at the Japan Society Box Office in person or online at tickets.japansociety.org/film (limit two per customer).
Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)
Friday, October 6 at 7 PM
An ace fighter pilot and ex-member of the Italian Air Force during WWI is mysteriously cursed with a pig’s face. Disillusioned with humanity, he adopts the name Porco Rosso (“Crimson Pig”) and spends his time near the Adriatic Sea, drinking at a local bar and fighting off air pirates for cash. Famous for his unsurpassable flying skills, Porco draws the envy and antagonism of an American pilot who plots to take him down with the help of the fascist Italian police. This sixth film by Hayao Miyazaki is among the master animator’s most personal and underrated, highlighting his deep love for aviation and pacifist worldview within an action-adventure story perfect for adults and children alike.
1992, 94 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members
Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St. btw First and Second avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 & 7 at 42nd St-Grand Central Station or the E & M at Lexington and 53rd St.)
Reservations: www.japansociety.org or call the box office at 212-715-1258. Further info: 212-832-1155 or visit the website.