November 10-11, 2010
WT Young Library Auditorium, UK
Free and open to the public
In celebration of the new Asian film and printed resources now available at WT Young Library, the Asia Center and the UK Library present a series of Japanese Animation films – new acquisitions to the Asian collection at UK Libraries.
This will prove to be an entertaining and informative series, as each film represents a different style and genre within this ever-growing medium:
Paprika, Spirited Away, and Ghost in the Shell
Paprika directed by Satoshi Kon
November 10th, 7:00pm
Paprika is a psychological thriller that dives into the world of dreams – in a future where dreams can be accessed and even explored. When someone starts to abuse that power, it’s up to Dr. Atsuko Chiba to find the culprit and save the dreams – and minds – of the victims. This is the last film by the renowned director Satoshi Kon, who passed away in August of this year. Visually stunning and thought-provoking, this is a beautiful example of the most modern of Japanese animation films.
Spirited Away directed by Hayao Miyazaki
November 11th, 6:30pm
Spirited Away is the first Japanese animated film to win the Academt Award for Best Animated Feature (2002), and it is well deserved. Miyazaki digs deep into Japanese culture and his own imagination to create a world unlike any other. This adventure follows an ordinary girl named Chihiro who is suddenly faced with extraordinary circumstances in a beatiful, mysterious world, and must find the strength to stand up against incredible forces – or be lost forever. Heartwarming and truly cinematic in story and scenery, this is a film that is great for the young and old… so long as you’re at least a little young at heart.
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 directed by Mamoru Oshii
November 11th, 9:15pm
Step into the future, where the line between reality and cyberspace is blurring. In this newly remastered edition, see this Japanese Animation classic in a whole new light. Motoko Kusanagi – part human, mostly machine – is an agent on a mission to capture a criminal who has figured out how to hack the human mind. The only problem is, what is “human” in this future world? A serious, gritty, powerful (and graphic) film. Be warned, this is most certainly not for kids.
This film is and always will be known for it’s brilliant animation, heart-stopping action, and deep storyline.
November 11th, 8:45pm
Join members of the Japanese Culture Society and UK Anime club in this open discussion of the films shown in the series and of Japanese Animation, or Anime, as a whole. The best part of film-viewing is the discussion afterwards. Join us in sharing, discussing, learning, and possibly ranting about Japanese Animation.
Also, Kazuko Hioki, Liaison Librarian for Asian Studies, is hosting a “Manga Corner” on the 1st floor of the WT Young Library. Look for the Manga Corner banner! Manga (Japanese Comics) collections, including Nana, Pluto, Monster, Fruit basket, Slam Dunk, Black Jack, Akira, Doraemon, and more will be on display for you to browse in your free time before film showings, between classes, etc.