Emory Cinematheque Film Series Returns with Japanese Anime

August 18, 2015

ATLANTA—Emory Cinematheque presents a free series of animation and anime-inspired films from Japan this fall, beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Screenings during the eleven-film series take place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208 on Emory University’s campus through December 2.

Anime, a term derived from the abbreviation of the English word “animation,”  is one of the most visible genres of contemporary media production in Japan and has surged in international popularity in recent years. High profile theatrical anime releases often top Japan’s domestic box, and have helped breathe new life into contemporary Japanese theatrical cinema, making it one of the few countries where domestic films routinely claim a larger share of the box office than Hollywood productions.

Emory’s Cinematheque series opens with a 2001 anime adaptation of legendary animator Osamu Tezuka’s 1949 comic book Metropolis, which also takes inspiration from the 1927 Fritz Lang classic of the same name.

The series aims to present a historical perspective on anime, as well as a survey of its important genres, themes, and artists. Following Metropolis, the series features ten films by major filmmakers representing a variety of genres, from films by established masters Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Monokoke and The Wind Rises) and Satoshi Kon (Paprika), to magic girl film Puella Magi Madoka Magica and slice-of-life anime K-ON! The series also features Tetsuya Nakashima’s satirical comedy Kamikaze Girls, a live-action adaptation with anime characteristics.

Additionally, the Japan Foundation will sponsor a public talk by Professor Alexander Zahlten of Harvard University on November 9. Zahlten will speak about Mamoru Oshii’s film Sky Crawlers, also featured in the series.

Anime is of interest “for the ways in which it crosses boundaries,” says series curator and Emory University Film and Media Studies faculty Dr. Ryan Cook. “The focus of the series is the theatrical anime feature,” he says, “but such a thing is of interest in part for how it blurs the lines between the feature film and the broader media environment of television and publishing.”

To respect the original films and preserve the color and texture of the Japanese language, all films will be presented in their original Japanese with English subtitles. Dr. Cook will introduce each film.

Emory Cinematheque is free and open to the public, and free popcorn will be served at each screening. Films will be shown in 35mm, DCP, or the best available format. Titles in the series are subject to change. For more information, visit the Arts at Emory website, or contact Maureen Downs at 404.727.6761.

Paprika, film by Satoshi Kon. Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.

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