Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective


OMSI Studio Ghibli Retrospective: 18 Films over 18 Days

January 9- January 26

Over a period of nearly 30 years, Japan's Studio Ghibli established itself as perhaps the world's finest producer of animated motion pictures. With a reputation for lush visuals, attention to detail and epic storytelling, Studio Ghibli eschewed commercial success to create intelligent, poetic, often fanciful films that embrace family, community, and a deep concern for the environment and our relationship with nature.


In dedication to some of the most magical and beloved animated movies ever made, the Empirical Theater is pleased to host our fifth annual Studio Ghibli Retrospective from January 9 through January 26. On exhibit are eighteen films including such acclaimed favorites as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl's Moving Castle.


For the first time, the Retrospective will include our wildly popular Reel Eats experience. Cinema and cuisine combine on January 16 when Hayao Miyazaki's classic Spirited Away is accompanied by a series of curated bites matching key moments in the film. 


The Retrospective will also feature three screenings that are introduced by guest speakers. On the Friday evening of opening weekend, PSU Film Studies Instructor Dr. Rob Ribera will discuss the history of Studio Ghibli prior to a screening of the studio's first official release Castle In The Sky. On Tuesday, January 14, Dr. Kristin Faurest, Director at the Japanese Garden Training Center, will speak on activism, protest, and exploitation in conjunction with Isao Takahata's folkloric tale Pom Poko. Dr. Ribera returns the evening of January 22 to examine the topic of war against the backdop of Takahata's haunting Grave of the Fireflies.


New to this year's Retrospective is Hiromasa Yonebayashi's drama When Marnie Was There. This story of a lonely young girl and her mysterious new friend Marnie was considered Studio Ghibli's final feature in the wake of Miyazaki's announced 2014 retirement. Since then, Miyazaki has resumed work on a new film How Do You Live?


Please see below for a listing of Retrospective show times and language versions. The format for all film screenings is DCP.



Ticket prices for each show are as follows:

$7 Adult / $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)

OMSI and Japanese Garden members receive $1 off


Tickets may be purchased online at, at the OMSI front desk, or by telephone at 503-797-4000.



Thursday, January 9
6:30pm | Porco Rosso (Dub)
8:15pm | When Marnie Was There (Dub)

Friday, January 10
6:30pm | Castle in the Sky (Dub)  Introduction and Talk By Dr. Rob Ribera, Instructor of Film Studies at Portland State University
9:45pm | Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Sub)

Saturday, January 11
4:00pm | My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)
5:45pm | The Secret World of Arrietty (Dub)
7:30pm | Spirited Away (Dub)
9:45pm | Howl's Moving Castle (Dub)

Sunday, January 12
4:00pm | Ponyo (Dub)
6:00pm | Princess Mononoke (Sub)

Tuesday, January 14
6:30pm | Pom Poko (Dub)  Introduction and Talk By Dr. Kristin Faurest,  Director, Japanese Garden Training Center

Wednesday, January 15
6:30pm | Whisper of the Heart (Sub)
8:30pm | The Wind Rises (Dub)

Thursday, January 16
7:00pm | Reel Eats - Spirited Away (Dub)  Reel Eats presents: Spirited Away accompanied by a set of curated bites matching key moments in the film. 

Friday, January 17
5:30pm | Porco Rosso (Sub)
7:15pm | Howl's Moving Castle (Dub)
9:30pm | Castle In The Sky (Dub)

Saturday, January 18
4:30pm | Ponyo (Dub)
6:30pm | Kiki's Delivery Service (Dub)
8:30pm | Princess Mononoke (Dub)

Sunday, January 19
4:00pm | My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)
5:45pm | The Secret World of Arrietty (Dub)
7:30pm | Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Dub)

Monday, January 20
4:00pm | Kiki's Delivery Service (Dub)
6:00pm | Spirited Away (Dub)

Tuesday, January 21
6:30pm | When Marnie Was There (Sub)
8:30pm | Only Yesterday (Dub)

Wednesday, January 22
6:30pm | Grave of the Fireflies (Sub)  Introduction and Talk By Dr. Rob Ribera, Instructor of Film Studies at Portland State University

Thursday, January 23
6:30pm | Whisper of the Heart (Dub)
8:30pm | The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Dub)

Friday, January 24
5:30pm | The Cat Returns (Dub)
7:00pm | Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Dub)
9:15pm | Howl's Moving Castle (Sub)

Saturday, January 25
4:00pm | My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)
5:45pm | The Secret World of Arrietty (Dub)
7:30pm | Porco Rosso (Dub)
9:15pm | Spirited Away (Sub)

Sunday, January 26
4:00pm | Kiki's Delivery Service (Dub)
6:00pm | Princess Mononoke (Dub)


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