U.S. Embassy of Japan to Show Welcome to the Space Show in D.C.

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
JICC holds free screening for the sci-fi film on September 30

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan, will screen Welcome to the Space Show on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. Held at the JICC Auditorium in Washington D.C., the showing will include English subtitles.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Guests must register for the event on the JICC website. Although registration does not guarantee guests a seat, registered guests will be seated first.

The story follows five children who gather in the mountains of rural Japan, far from the gaze of adults. During their explorations of their natural environment, they discover a dog-like alien. Pochi rewards them for his rescue by taking the children to an alien colony on the moon. A ban on space travel between Earth and the moon traps the children in space, and they must find their way home before their parents discover their disappearance.

The science-fiction adventure movie premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, debuted in America at Otakon 2010, and screened at the New York Int'l Children's Film Festival. Welcome the Space Show will be shown in London on October 8. Manga Entertainment announced its license of the film in July, and a DVD/Blu-ray release is slated for December 5.

JICC has screened various anime films since 2008 in collaboration with the DC Anime Club.

Image © A-1 Pictures/Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW Committee

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