Offering an eclectic range of classic, underseen, and contemporary visions from Japanese animation, Monthly Anime explores the widely influential legacy of anime. Tracing the lineage of anime from modern-day digital animation back to the days of hand-drawn cel animation, this program aims to uncover the multifaceted and remarkable variety of stylistic, technological, and generic possibilities that have kept the medium at the forefront of popularity not just in Japan, but worldwide.
Tickets: $15 / $5 members
Friday, September 16 at 7 pm
A visually arresting and endlessly imaginative adaptation of the celebrated Taiyo Matsumoto manga.
Screening followed by Q&A with Screenwriter Anthony Weintraub.
2006. 111 min. Directed by Michael Arias.
Friday, October 14 at 7 pm
A rarely screened classic animation from legends Mamoru Oshii and Yoshitaka Amano, Angel’s Egg poses a riddle of salvation and hope within the depths of an apocalyptic maze.
1985. 71 min. Directed by Mamoru Oshii.
My Neighbor Totoro
Friday, November 4 at 7 pm
35mm Presentation. Studio Ghibli’s seminal classic follows two young girls who discover the presence of gentle forest spirits near their countryside home.
1988. 96 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Friday, July 22 at 7 pm
25th Anniversary—35mm Presentation. Hayao Miyazaki’s epic 14th century tale follows the journey of a young warrior prince who finds himself caught in an elemental war between primordial spirits and an iron town that has ravaged the earth. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
1997. 134 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
Friday, June 17 at 7 pm
Adapted from the award-winning novel by Tomihiko Morimi, Masaaki Yuasa’s acclaimed animation is a delightful trip down the rabbit hole rendered in an astounding visual style. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
2017. 93 min. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa.
Friday, May 27 at 7 pm
35mm Presentation. A straight-to-DVD cult favorite, the rarely-screened anime companion to the Matrix series laid the groundwork for franchise anthology spinoffs with its nine imaginative stories directed by leading anime directors of the time. In English.
2003. 102 min. Directed by Peter Chung, Andy Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kōji Morimoto, Shinichirō Watanabe.
Ghost in the Shell
Friday, April 15 at 7 pm
A cyborg agent tracks down a mysterious hacking entity, known as the Puppet Master, in Mamoru Oshii’s seminal cyberpunk classic. Join us before the film for a 6PM Pre-screening Party with Japanese foods and snacks. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
1995. 83 min. Directed by Mamoru Oshii.
Monthly Anime is presented by Yen Press. The screening of Princess Mononoke, Tekkonkinkreet and Angel’s Egg is supported by Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC.
Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Japan Society Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, David Toberisky, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.