Every other Wednesday @ 6:30 PM | College of Arts & Sciences | 725 Commonwealth Ave, Room 537C
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Asia, the Boston University’s Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House are pleased to present the Spring 2013 Japanese Film Series. Films will be screened at the Geddes Center on the fifth floor of CAS starting at 6:30 p.m. All films will be subtitled. Dates and showings are as follows:
2/13-借 か りぐらしのアリエッティ The Borrower Arrietty (2010) Length: 01:35:00
Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (David Henrie), a human boy who comes to…
Director: Hiromasa, Yonebayashi; Screened by Hayao, Miyazaki
2/27 -おくりびとDepartures (2008) Length: 02:11:00
When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobyashi decides to start over and moves back to his small hometown. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.
Director: Takita, Yojiro
3/20 -崖 がけ の上のポニョ Ponyo (2008) Length: 01:41:00
Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish — she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and…
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
4/3 -夢 ゆめ Dreams (1990) Length: 02:00:00
A 1990 magical realism film based on actual dreams of the film’s director, Akira Kurosawa at different stages of his life. The film is more imagery than dialogue.
Director: Kurosawa, Akira
4/17-魔女 まじょ の宅急便 たっきゅうびん Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Length: 01:55:00
Young Kiki and her cat learn to fly and set up a delivery service in a faraway city; a famous anime adventure.
Director: Hayao, Miyazaki
5/1-トウキョウソナタ Tokyo Sonata (2008) Length:01:59:00
An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.
Director: Kurosawa, Kiyoshi
Contact: Mariko Itoh Henstock, Ph.D.
Director of Outreach and Co-Curricular Activities
Dept. of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
718 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215