Directed by Satoshi Kon. Middle-aged alcoholic Gin, teenage runaway Miyuki (Candice Moore) and former drag queen Hana are a trio of homeless people surviving as a makeshift family on the streets of Tokyo. While rummaging in the trash for food on Christmas Eve, they stumble upon an abandoned newborn baby in a trash bin. With only a handful of clues to the baby’s identity, the three misfits search the streets of Tokyo for help in returning the baby to its parents. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles. 2003. 97 min. Comedy/Drama/Anime. PG-13
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Plays Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM at the State. Part of the CineManga Film Series.
Presented by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies with additional support from Vault of Midnight.
Celebrated manga artist Satoshi Kon offered this award-winning selection as one of his last directorial feature film offerings before his untimely death in 2010. When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose, and only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
2006 | Anime | 90 min | R
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Manga as a visual and literary medium has inspired some of the most iconic and memorable anime and live action films in key genres of the past several decades. From AKIRA to TOKYO TRIBE, the results are unique, fresh and, ultimately, concepts that are then flatteringly stolen across the globe, to take the medium to the eye-popping CGI and cinematography that is seen today.
This series is intended to help celebrate and educate audiences to not only the stellar films launched by Japanese manga, but the ready-made “storyboards” this unique source material helped deliver to how we take in film today. Manga is a genre-bending format that changes constantly and will be showcased in unique adaptations such as the hilarious THERMAE ROMAE and the heart-warming BUNNY DROP.
As there were so many films that stem from this series, consider this simply a brisk, satisfying weekly walk through highlights to encourage even more reading, more viewing and love of this cherished and beloved Japanese source medium.