Japan Society’s monthly in-person anime showcase kicking off April 15

Japan Society is happy to announce the launch of Monthly Anime on April 15, 2022, which can kick-off with a screening of Mamoru Oshii’s seminal cyberpunk traditional, Ghost within the Shell. Providing an eclectic vary of traditional, underseen, and modern visions from Japanese animation, Month-to-month Anime explores the extensively influential legacy of anime. Tracing the lineage of anime from modern-day digital animation again to the times of hand-drawn cel animation, this program goals to uncover the multifaceted and memorable number of stylistic, technological, and generic potentialities which have stored the medium on the forefront of recognition not simply in Japan, however worldwide.

Following Ghost within the Shell in April, the rarely-screened Matrix anthology movie The Animatrix – that includes works by Cowboy Bebop’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Vampire Hunter D’s Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Akira animator Koji Morimoto – screens in 35mm on Could 27, 2022. Masaaki Yuasa’s The Night time is Brief, Stroll on Woman, a JAPAN CUTS 2018 choice and Tomihiko Morimi adaptation, screens on June 17, 2022. Lastly, to commemorate 25 years since its 1997 launch, Hayao Miyazaki’s mystical epic Princess Mononoke screens in 35mm on July 22, 2022.

Tickets: $15/$12 college students and seniors /$5 Japan Society members.
Lineup and different particulars are topic to vary. For full info go to japansociety.org.


Ghost within the Shell
Friday, April 15, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Mamoru Oshii, 1995, 83 min., DCP, colour, in Japanese with English Subtitles. With Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Iemasa Kayumi.
Preceded by a 6PM pre-screening celebration with Japanese meals and snacks supplied by Kikkoman. Mamoru Oshii’s groundbreaking cyberpunk traditional conjures a startling imaginative and prescient of the longer term – a brand new age of world interconnectedness whereby neural pathways and data networks have turn into inextricably linked. Surveilling the sprawling technopolis of New Port Metropolis, Main Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg officer specializing in cybercrime, hunts down a mysterious entity answerable for a collection of ‘ghost-hackings’ which have infiltrated human hosts. Recognized solely because the Puppet Grasp, the newly-surfaced menace leads Main to uncover an enormous conspiracy – prompting her to query her personal humanity and function of existence.

The Animatrix
Friday, Could 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Peter Chung, Andy Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Shinichiro Watanabe; 2003, 102 min., 35mm, colour, in English. With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Clayton Watson.
A straight-to-DVD traditional, the anime companion to The Matrix collection obtained a restricted variety of theatrical screenings in 2003 as a part of a promotional push for Reloaded. Hardly ever screened since, this dazzling and visually ingenious tie-in laid the groundwork for franchise anthology spinoffs with its 9 imaginative tales – directed by a few of anime’s biggest luminaries together with Ninja Scroll’s Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Cowboy Bebop’s Shinichiro Watanabe and Æon Flux’s Peter Chung. Increasing upon the collection’ universe, this frenetic and imaginative addition to the Matrix franchise is something however a lazy cash-grab and ranks as considered one of finest Matrix movies.

The Night time Is Brief, Stroll on Woman
Friday, June 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Masaaki Yuasa, 2017, 93 min., DCP, colour, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryuji Akiyama.
Spunky school pupil Otome embarks on a booze-soaked romp by Kyoto seeking a guide from her childhood. Because the evening stretches on for what looks as if years, her quest takes on epic, hallucinatory proportions – starring a fanged god of used books, a guerilla theater troupe, a committee of crab-dancing philosophers, and love-inducing carp that fall from the sky. In the meantime, an upperclassman at her college (voiced by pop star Gen Hoshino) undergoes a collection of equally unbelievable misadventures in his makes an attempt to win her coronary heart. Tailored from the award-winning novel by Tomihiko Morimi, acclaimed animation director Masaaki Yuasa’s The Night time is Brief, Stroll on Woman is a pleasant journey down the rabbit gap into questions of destiny and interconnectedness, rendered in an astounding visible model.

Princess Mononoke
Friday, July 22, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 134 min., 35mm, colour, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka.
twenty fifth Anniversary. The arrival of a diseased boar spirit, enraged and corrupted by an iron slug, leaves younger warrior Ashitaka contaminated by its demon curse. Along with his days numbered, Ashitaka journeys westward to hunt a remedy for his affliction, tracing the boar’s path to the sacred forest of the Deer God, a forbidden realm belonging to an historic forest spirit. Upon his arrival, Ashitaka stumbles into an elemental battle between the forest’s protector San, a fearless warrior princess raised by wolves, and a neighboring iron city that has ravaged the earth. Launched to common acclaim, Hayao Miyazaki’s 14th-century story is likely one of the director’s grandest achievements, a sweeping epic with breathtaking visuals and profound thematic ambitions that has captivated audiences ever since its launch.



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