Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective
In this brilliant and often overlooked Studio Ghibli masterpiece from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Isao Takahata, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon 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. In an effort to defend their home, the tanuki learn to transform into humans and start playing tricks to make the workers think the construction site is haunted, ending in a spectacular night-time spirit parade, with thousands of ghosts, dragons and other magical creatures descending on the city — in an abundance of fantastical characters that would not be matched on screen by Studio Ghibli until Spirited Away.
Duration: 119 mins. | Rating: PG | Presented Jan. 17 dubbed in English and Jan. 19 in Japanese with English subtitles.
The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective runs January 11 through January 21 and features a collection of some of the finest films from Japan's most renowned animation studio. Please call 503-797-4000 for more information.