Anime in May
Discover Shinto’s presence in contemporary Japanese popular culture through this family-friendly animated-film series. Director Hayao Miyazaki’s work has earned a devoted international following. See three of his classic films with fresh eyes as you look for Shinto themes and motifs featured in the storylines. Shown in Morley Lecture Hall.
Also enjoy an adaptation of the Shinto storm-god Susanoo’s story as presented in Toei Animation’s 1963 film The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon. This stylistically influential film directed by Yugo Serikawa will be screened outdoors in the CMA’s Fine Arts Garden.
Free; ticket required (unless noted). All films in English.
When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children.
This film centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother.
Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents, and return to the normal world.
Directed by Yugo Serikawa. This stylistically influential film adaptation of the Shinto storm-god Susanoo’s story is presented outdoors in the CMA’s Fine Arts Garden.
Free; no ticket required