Friday, March 24, 2017

Animated Events: Your Name.

Coming up in two weeks is the perfect opportunity to show theaters in the Lansing area (and Michigan) that there is a demand for Japanese animation!

The Celebration Cinema theater here in Lansing will be showing "Your Name.", Makoto Shinkai's sleeper hit from Japan. And additionally, it'll be showing at the Celebration Cinema Grand Rapids North, and the Celebration! Cinema Crossroads in Portage, and the Rave Ann Arbor 20.

Here in Lansing, it'll be opening on Friday April 7th through Sunday April 9th and the website denotes that they're showing both the English dub and the Engish subtitled version.

Regarding the film, from the website listing: "From director Makoto Shinkai comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. 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 in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more—a chance to finally meet. But try as they might, something more daunting than distance prevents them. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated?"

Distributed by Funimation, the English dub trailer for "Your Name." is in the video above and you can check times and purchase tickets for the Lansing screenings at the following link:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Animated Events: DFT Animation Club: Ocean Waves

From the DIA/DFT Website:

DFT Animation Club: Ocean Waves
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
(Japan/1993—directed by Tomomi Mochizuki)

Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a poignant, wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and the onset of adulthood. Taku and his best friend are headed back to school, but find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student. When Taku joins her on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships. The only Studio Ghibli feature not to have received American release until now, Ocean Waves is a touching teenage drama and a true discovery. Suggested for audiences 12 and up. Plus: Ghiblies Episode 2 – a rare Ghibli short never before seen in the US! In Japanese with English subtitles. (96 minutes total)

The Detroit Film Theatre is supported by your millage investment in the DIA.

General admission tickets for films in the DFT Animation Club series are $5. Admission is free to DIA members. Please show your member card at the door, no tickets are needed. General admission online and phone orders incur a $1.50 per ticket convenience fee.

See more and buy tickets online at the DFT website.