Movie spotlight: Miyazaki on the big screen

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 15, 2012 - 2:26 PM

A two-week festival of Japanese animated classics.

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2001's "Spirited Away" will screen Saturday and Sunday.

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For the next two weeks, it's possible to see 14 animated masterworks of Hayao Miyazaki in 35mm prints on the big screen they deserve. "The Studio Ghibli Collection: 1984-2009" showcases the ethereal creations of the producer/director often called Japan's Walt Disney. The description captures Miyazaki's ambition and attention to detail, but ignores his whimsical, visually stunning sensibility, a world away from Disney's white-bread aesthetic and good-vs.-evil story lines. Lagoon Cinema's 25-year retrospective includes the fable-like "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Kiki's Delivery Story" and "Princess Mononoke" as well as the rarely seen airborne adventure "Porco Rosso" and the "Simpsons"-like comedy "My Neighbors the Yamadas." "My Neighbor Totoro" is presented in English, all others in subtitled Japanese.

 

See a complete schedule at startribune.com/a1885.

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