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Tickets on Sale for Miyazaki Appearance in California

posted on 2009-06-02 00:49 EDT

Publishers Weekly journalist Kai-Ming Cha reports in her personal blog that the Zellerbach Hall in the University of California, Berkeley has begun selling tickets for Hayao Miyazaki's personal appearance on July 25. "A Conversation with Hayao Miyazaki, Legendary Filmmaker" will feature the director of the only feature-length Japanese animated film (Spirited Away) to have won an Oscar. The event will begin with an onstage interview, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Miyazaki is making the rare American trip to receive the second annual Berkeley Japan Prize for lifetime achievement from the Center for Japanese Studies.

Between July 12 and July 21, the university's Pacific Film Archive is also screening four of Miyazaki's films with English subtitles: My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke. Then the university's Wheeler Hall will present the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of Ponyo, Miyazaki's latest film. The film will open nationwide on August 14.

Before Miyazaki's scheduled 6:00 p.m. appearance, the Institute of East Asian Studies will host "The Hayao Miyazaki Symposium" on July 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The roundtable panel discussion will feature scholars of Japanese popular culture, literature, and film.


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