Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective


OMSI Studio Ghibli Retrospective: Eighteen Films over Eighteen Days

January 10- January 27

**Update: The January 15 Tuesday evening screening of My Neighbor Totoro will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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 fourth annual Studio Ghibli Retrospective from January 10 through January 27. On exhibit are eighteen films including such popular favorites as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away.


Three selections are new to this year's Retrospective led by Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki a 2016 Japanese documentary recently released in the U.S. that covers Miyazaki's attempt to use CGI animation for the first time. Also in their Retrospective debuts are Isao Takahata's 1991 drama Only Yesterday – at once an ode to nature and an introspective tale of self-realization – and Miyazaki's 2013 historical biography The Wind Rises, the breathtakingly animated story of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi.


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 members receive $1 off


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




Thursday, January 10

6:30pm   Grave of the Fireflies (Sub) :  Introduction and Talk By Dr. Ken Ruoff,  Professor of History and Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University

9:15pm   The Wind Rises (Sub)


Friday, January 11

7:00pm   Whisper of the Heart (Dub)

9:15pm   Princess Mononoke (Sub)


Saturday, January 12

4:00pm   My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)

5:45pm   Ponyo  (Dub)

7:45pm   Howl's Moving Castle (Sub)

10:00pm Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Dub)


Sunday, January 13

4:00pm  Kiki's Delivery Service (Dub)

6:00pm  Spirited Away (Sub)


Tuesday, January 15

6:30pm  My Neighbor Totoro (Sub): Introduction and Talk By Kristin Faurest, PhD, Director of the Portland Japanese Garden Training Center

9:15pm  The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Sub)


Thursday, January 17

6:30pm  Only Yesterday (Dub)

8:30pm  Porco Rosso (Sub)


Friday, January 18

7:30pm  The Cat Returns (Dub)

9:00pm  Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Sub)


Saturday, January 19

5:00pm  Kiki's Delivery Service (Dub)

7:00pm  Princess Mononoke (Dub)

9:30pm  Castle in the Sky (Dub)


Sunday, January 20

4:00pm   My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)

5:45pm   The Secret World of Arrietty (Dub)

7:30pm   Howl's Moving Castle (Dub)


Monday, January 21

4:00pm  Ponyo (Dub)

6:00pm  Spirited Away (Dub)


Tuesday, January 22

6:30pm   The Cat Returns (Sub): Introduction and Talk By Dr. Kristyn Vitale, Maddie’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University

9:00pm   Pom Poko (Dub)


Thursday, January 24

6:30pm  Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Sub): Introduction and Talk By Roland Gauthier, Executive Producer and Partner at Hinge

9:00pm  Castle In The Sky (Sub)


Friday, January 25

7:30pm  Porco Rosso (Dub)

9:30pm  Howl's Moving Castle (Dub)


Saturday, January 26

5:00pm  The Secret World of Arrietty (Dub)

7:00pm  Spirited Away (Dub)

9:15pm  Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Dub)


Sunday, January 27

4:00pm  My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)

6:00pm  Princess Mononoke (Dub)


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