News Ghibli, Bandai Entertainment Films Play in California
posted on 2008-01-23 01:43 EST by Egan Loo
Three movies directed by Studio Ghibli's acclaimed co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and three movies presented by Bandai Entertainment will play in the Los Angeles area in February. The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California will present its Hayao Miyazaki Masterpieces series next week. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Miyazaki's 1984 film adaptation of his own allegorical nature manga, will be screened on February 1 at 7:00 p.m. PST. The theatre will then screen 1988's My Neighbor Totoro, the children's film about the gentle creatures that a family encounters, on February 2 at 3:00 p.m. Spirited Away, the 2002 Oscar-winning fantasy film, will end the series on February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Two weeks later, the new ImaginAsian Center in Los Angeles will screen three Bandai Entertainment films on 35mm for its Anime Movie Classics week from February 15 to 21. The films include Escaflowne, the theatrical version of The Vision of Escaflowne fantasy series, with animation by Sunrise (Gundam, Inuyasha) and music by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise's theatrical finale to the original Federation/Zeon conflict in their Gundam robot anime franchise, will also screen. The third film will be Jin-Roh, the dystopic drama that takes place in a police state that could have been Tokyo in an alternate history. Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii created and wrote the script, and Ghost in the Shell character designer Hiroyuki Okiura took his first shot at the director's chair in this film.