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Director: Isao Takahata

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata‘s poignant animated drama GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES is a devastating meditation on the human cost of war, a tale of survival as heartbreaking as it is true to life. Set in the port city of Kobe in the waning days of World War II, this emotional film follows the story of young Seita (Tsutomu Tatsumi), a teenager charged with the care of his younger sister, Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi), after an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents. Against all odds, the orphaned siblings must rely completely on each other and struggle to stay together and alive.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation… This film proves, if it needs proving, that animation produces emotional effects not by reproducing reality, but by heightening and simplifying it, so that many of the sequences are about ideas, not experiences. It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.” (Roger Ebert)

Saturday, August 12
Doors 2:00 pm | Movie 2:30 pm

Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES “Hotaru no Haka” (Isao Takahata, 1988 / 90 mins / PG / In Japanese with English subs) In the latter part of World War II, a boy and his sister, orphaned when their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo, are left to survive on their own in what remains of civilian life in Japan. The plot follows this boy and his sister as they do their best to survive in the Japanese countryside, battling hunger, prejudice, and pride in their own quiet, personal battle.

Pom Poko

Pom Poko

There is no better way to appreciate the magic of Studio Ghibli than on the big screen! Movie-lovers of all ages will adore this double-bill pairing  of two beloved classics from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli’s master storytellers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata – PONYO and POM POKO. On Tuesday, May 9, both films will screen… Continue Reading

Only Yesterday (Omohide poro poro)

Only Yesterday (Omohide poro poro)

From the creators of SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA comes a long-awaited masterpiece never before released in North America, Isao Takahata’s ONLY YESTERDAY. As part of the film’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, the film has been digitally restored and remastered by Studio Ghibli, one of the world’s foremost animation… Continue Reading

Studio Ghibli Sunday: My Neighbors the Yamadas

Studio Ghibli Sunday: My Neighbors the Yamadas

Join us for additional screenings of MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS, SPIRITED AWAY, and PRINCESS MONONOKE on Sunday, June 14. These films will be screened in the original Japanese with English subtitles. MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS   -> Advance tickets available HERE Doors 3:30 / Movie 4:00 SPIRITED AWAY Doors 5:45 / Movie 6:15 PRINCESS MONONOKE… Continue Reading

Studio Ghibli Nights: MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS

Studio Ghibli Nights: MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS

Join us for another night celebrating classics from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, featuring Isao Takahata’s MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS and Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY. Both films will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles. Thursday, June 11 MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS Doors 5:30 / Movie 6:30 SPIRITED AWAY Movie 8:45 Single ticket $10 advance / $12… Continue Reading

Studio Ghibli Night: Grave of the Fireflies

Studio Ghibli Night: Grave of the Fireflies

Since our Wednesday, May 6 double bill featuring Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (1988) and Isao Takahata’s hauntingly beautiful GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988) almost *sold out,* we decided to add more screenings of these two titles on Sunday, May 10. Even better: We’re bringing PRINCESS MONONOKE back, too. All films will be screened… Continue Reading

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Back by popular demand! We are holding over THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA on Sunday, May 17th This film will be screened in the original Japanese with English subtitles. THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA Sunday, May 17 Doors 2:30 / Movie 3:00 Single ticket $10 HERE / $12 door All ages welcome! Must be… Continue Reading

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder and master storyteller Isao Takahata (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, POM POKO) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The… Continue Reading

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