Hayao Miyazaki at Spirited Away Premiere on September 10th

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Hayao Miyazaki will be present at the Egyptian Thatre in Hollywood

The American Cinetheque at the Egyptian has sent out a press release announcing that Hayao Miyazaki will be present for the North American premiere of his latest film, Spirited Away, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on September 10th.

Excerpts from the Press Release:

On Tuesday, September 10th is an in-person tribute to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (PRINCESS MONONOKE) featuring a Sneak Preview of SPIRITED AWAY (2002, Walt Disney/Studio Ghibli).

The Tuesday, September 10th program begins at 7:30 PM on with Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY (SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI), (2002, Walt Disney/Studio Ghibli, approx. 120 min.) Try to remember your astonishment the first time you saw THE WIZARD OF OZ or SLEEPING BEAUTY, and be prepared for a fantasy of truly wondrous dimensions. A young girl, Chihiro, on holiday with her parents accidentally stumbles into an enchanted village where ancient Japanese demons go for rest and relaxation. After her parents are unfortunately transformed into enormous pigs, Chihiro is forced to take a job as a cleaning girl in a devil-filled onsen (Japanese bath house), where she contends with eight-legged spider-men, gorgeous sky-dragons and a silent, love-struck wraith. Truly magical from start to finish, with a stunning score by longtime collaborator Joe Hisaishi. Winner of the 2002 Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Discussion following with director Hayao Miyazaki.

Creator of some of the most breathtakingly beautiful films in the history of animation, including PRINCESS MONONOKE, LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, Japanese director and animator Hayao Miyazaki has combined ageless, mythic storytelling, a profoundly spiritual approach to man and the natural world, and a gallery of fearless young heroines into his own unmistakable art. Born in 1941 in Tokyo, the son of an airplane manufacturer (Miyazaki's love for planes and flying shows in almost all his films), he grew up influenced by writers such as Antoine De Saint-Exupéry and Rosemary Sutcliff, and the tremendously popular manga comics of Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy. After apprenticing on a number of anime features and TV series in the late 1960's and 1970's, Miyazaki emerged as a director with CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO in 1979, followed soon after by the astonishing NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (based on his own manga) and LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY. Working with his own animation house, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has exerted an amazing degree of individual control over the design and production of his films.

Special Ticket Price of $10.00 General, $9.00 Students/Seniors, $8.00 Members for this screening only.

All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

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