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Japan Society in New York Screens Hayao Miyazaki Documentary on September 29

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
35mm screening of Porco Rosso also scheduled for October

The Japan Society announced on Thursday that it will screen the United States premiere of NHK's Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao) television documentary special on September 29, as well as a 35mm screening of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Porco Rosso anime film on October 6. Both screenings will take place at the Japan Society in New York City. The Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki screening will be free, while the Porco Rosso screening will cost US$13.

The Japan Society describes Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki:

This intimate, revealing NHK documentary portrait of Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) follows the tireless animator from his announced semi-retirement in 2013 through his decision to develop Boro the Caterpillar, an animated short originally intended for the Ghibli Museum, into his final feature film. An enthusiastic talker full of self-deprecating witticisms and strong opinions about nearly everything, Miyazaki proves himself to be an endlessly fascinating subject, offering generous access to his creative process and life philosophy as he struggles to work out ideas while using CGI for the first time.

The documentary premiered on NHK TV last November in Japan, and on the NHK World channel and website with English subtitles in March.

The Japan Society describes Porco Rosso:

An ace fighter pilot and ex-member of the Italian Air Force during WWI is mysteriously cursed with a pig's face. Disillusioned with humanity, he adopts the name Porco Rosso ("Crimson Pig") and spends his time near the Adriatic Sea, drinking at a local bar and fighting off air pirates for cash. Famous for his unsurpassable flying skills, Porco draws the envy and antagonism of an American pilot who plots to take him down with the help of the fascist Italian police. This sixth film by Hayao Miyazaki is among the master animator's most personal and underrated, highlighting his deep love for aviation and pacifist worldview within an action-adventure story perfect for adults and children alike.

The film debuted in Japan in 1992. Disney released the movie on DVD in 2005, and again on Blu-ray Disc in 2015.

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