The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Japanese Animation (or anime [an-eh-mey]). Beloved by fans all around the world, anime has become one of the most recognizable and influential cultural exports from Japan in the 20th and 21st centuries.
In celebration, the JICC will present a retrospective of some of the best anime films of the past half-century. Beginning in August we will present one feature-length animated work each month representing every decade from the 1950s. These films will showcase the individuals, groups, studios, and styles that have shaped and driven the medium.
We invite you to join us on a journey through anime and explore Japanese animation from its humble beginnings to its amazing spread around the world!
Friday, August 25, 6:30 PM at JICC
Magic Boy, aka Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke, is a classic piece of anime history - the first full-length animated feature produced in Japan to reach the shores of the United States.
Magically gifted boy Sasuke lives in peace, deep in the forest with his animal pals and Oyu, his elder sister. After their forest sanctuary is violated by a demon witch who devours one of Sasuke's animal companions, Sasuke vows vengeance...
Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM
The classic tale of Kimba the White Lion in this rarely-seen film version of the popular TV series! Based on the manga (comic) by the legendary artist, Tezuka Osamu, known as the “God of Comics” in Japan.
Caesar, a white lion, is king of the jungle in Africa. He wants to protect all of the animals and bring peace to his kingdom. However, his reign is cut short by a band of hunters and his consort, Snowene, is captured and put aboard a ship to be sold overseas. While aboard, she gives birth to a single white cub, Kimba, the heir of King Caesar...
Friday, October 27, 6:30 PM
Tetsuro Hoshino is a youth who'll give anything to board the Three-Nine, including a promise to accompany a mysterious woman named Maetel all the way to Andromeda, the planet where, she tells him, he can get a free machine body to avenge the cruel death of his mother at the hands of the villainous Count Mecha.
Friday, November 17, 6:30 PM
A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. Castle in the Sky is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision presaged later films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
Friday, December 8, 6:30 PM
Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm exhibiting a new dimension of anime with unprecedented and mesmerizing cinematic expression. Seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle broke through the boundaries of mainstream animation with detailed artistic expression and a uniquely intelligent story line.
Friday, January 26, 6:30 PM
After unlocking her new ability to travel through time, Makoto does what any teenager would do. She re-takes tests, corrects embarrassing situations, and sleeps in as late as she wants, never thinking that her carefree time travelling could have a negative effect on the people she cares about. By the time she realizes the damage she’s done, she only has a few leaps left to make things right.
Friday, February 16, 6:30 PM
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High-schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers, living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body and he, hers. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?