Theatre of Yugen offers a four-film lecture series on the theme of “Memory,” each exploring how memory pervades the work of award-winning films by Hayao Miyazaki.
Castle in the Sky
Saturday November 10, 7:30pm
In a small mining town, an orphaned teenage boy named Pazu finds and catches a teenage girl floating from the sky named Sheeta. When she awakens the next day she tells him that she is being chased by pirates and the government who are after her crystal necklace that is connected to the floating city of Laputa. It's now up to our two protagonists to find the city before the Government and pirates can find them and unlock the secret of Laputa and Sheeta's connection to the floating city.
Saturday February 9, 2pm
Smitten by a fiery and destructive curse after a deadly encounter with a boar-demon, the young prince Ashitaka sets off on a long and perilous voyage to the Western lands to discover why Mother Nature is in disarray. Eventually, Ashitaka will reach the Iron Town, where the ambitious Lady Eboshi who rules the land with an iron fist, battles against the Princess Mononoke, a mysterious young woman who was raised by the wolf-god, Moro. Will Ashitaka manage to rescue the once lush forests of the West and lift the curse on his arm?
Saturday May 11, 2pm
10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.
The Wind Rises
Saturday July 13, 2pm
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.