January 15, 2009 - 7:00pm
Series organizer: Ayelet Zohar, Postdoctoral Fellow, FSI From a collection of anime shorts by contemporary young artists, to some of the most beautiful, thought-provoking, and disturbing anime films made in the past decade, this film series introduces the Stanford community to a growing cinematic genre that combines traditional hand-painted art with the latest developments in computer graphics and technology. Whether it is exploring socio-cultural issues, re-imagining the past, creating visions of our future, or simply seeking to entertain, anime can tell stories in a way no live-action movie can with its ability to walk the line between fantasy and reality. Come join us this winter quarter in experiencing some of the most famous contemporary anime of the past 10 years. All movies will be screened on 35mm film (except for the shorts). ------ January 15 The Art of Anime This collection of anime shorts show cases the talents of famous young and influential anime artists, including: Tabaimo, Koji Yamamura, Tomoko Konoike, Akino Kondo, and Makoto Shinkai. January 22 Paprika (2006), Director: Satoshi Kon In the near future, new leaps in technology and psycho-therapy make it possible for scientists to peer into patients' dreams. When the technology falls into the wrong hands, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, a young female therapist uses her alter-ego "Paprika" to enter the dream world to stop the perpetrator from wrecking psychological havoc. February 5 Millennium Actress (2001), Director: Satoshi Kon As former leading actress Chiyoko Fujiwara reminisces about her life and career, viewers are transported on a magical journey through time. Blurring the boundaries between reality and make-believe, Chiyoko's film roles and personal memories interweave with present events to give a fascinating look at Japanese culture and history. February 12 Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (2007), Director: Hideaki Anno In a post-apocalyptic world where all that remains of Japan is the city Tokyo-3, a young boy is thrust into the role of defending it from the destruction of Angels, giant creatures bent on the destruction of humans. This is the first of four new theatrical versions of the famous TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion. February 19 The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), Director: Makoto Shinkai After World War II, Hokkaido is annexed by the Union and a tall tower is built there that can be seen all the way in Tokyo, while the rest of Japan came under US sovereignty. Three friends make a vow to investigate the tower once they grew older, but when Sayuri mysteriously disappears it is up to the two boys to find and rescue her. February 26 Jin Roh (1998), Director: Hiroyuki Okiura While on a mission to quell anti-government rioting in Tokyo, Kazuki Fuse witnesses the suicide bombing of a young female terrorist. As he becomes entangled in a power play between rival divisions, he finds himself falling for the sister of the girl he saw die. March 5 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Director: Mamoru Hosoda 17-year-old Makoto Konno discovers one day that she has the powers to leap through time and immediately starts using her abilities to improve her grades and avoid undesirable situations. She soon realizes though that playing with the past can have many unintended consequences.
Free and Open to the public
The Japan Fund, FSI, SiCa, Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for East Asian Studies