|Join The Modern as they celebrate the Japanese anime genre — films that are visually stunning and imaginative, with poetic stories that will pull at your heartstrings. The Modern will be screening several recent releases, including the US premiere of Inu-Oh. The Modern Shop will have Japanese-inspired snacks and exclusive merchandise for purchase.
Anime otakus will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience at the Modern!
While you’re visiting, browse the galleries and view the Women Painting Women exhibition. Make plans to enjoy some delightful eats at Café Modern before the film.
All screenings will be held in the Modern’s auditorium. Tickets are $10; $8 for Modern members; and $7 for Reel People members. Cinematics who are enjoying the weekend’s entire selection of films will receive a discount for pre-purchasing all of their tickets together. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 19. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.themodern.org/films or by visiting the museum’s admission desk.
All films feature introductions by Dr. Marc Hairston, with Dr. Christine Veras joining him for the showing of Inu-Oh .
Dr. Marc Hairston, Research Scientist at University of Texas at Dallas, researches space weather using the coupled Ion Neutral Dynamic Investigation (CINDI), a satellite that studies how neutral gas motions and charged particle motions are related. Dr. Hairston is also interested in the scholarly study of anime and manga and is on the board of editors of Mechademia, the first English-language academic journal addressing these topics. He regularly teaches courses at the University of Texas at Dallas examining the themes of science fiction and fantasy in anime and manga, specifically focusing on individual anime creators such as Miyazaki, Shinkai, Hosoda, and Takahata. For the past several summers, Dr. Hairston has enjoyed bringing new classic anime films to his hometown of Fort Worth through the Modern.
Dr. Christine Veras, Assistant Professor University of Texas at Dallas, is a scholar and artist, originally from Brazil, researching the integration of physical and digital technologies to explore the multimedia possibilities of animation. She completed her PhD at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Dr. Veras has invented an international prize-winning and now patented animated illusion device called Silhouette Zoetrope, which is now part of the permanent collection of the Children’s Museum in Dresden, Germany, and the Swiss Science Center Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Friday, August 12
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
When you’re a middle school student, all you want is to be normal and fit in. But 11-year-old schoolgirl Kikuko is burdened with a loud, boisterous, and very overweight single mother, Nikuko, who seems to live to embarrass her daughter. This wonderful comedy-drama is a slice-of-life film exploring the alternately loving and difficult relationships between a single parent and a preteen child. From director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Mind Game).
Not rated; 97 minutes; Japanese with English subtitles
The most recent film from Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast), Belle is his most visually stunning and conceptually amazing work yet. Starting with Suzu, a meek and emotionally wounded high school girl, the film follows her discovery of the online world of U, where you can remake yourself as anything you want. Suzu re-creates herself in the character of a singer named Belle and, freed from her shyness, becomes an international cyber-star. From there, her fame leads her into becoming involved in a Beauty and the Beast-like tale. But her fairytale takes a darker turn as the real world of Suzu and the virtual world of U collide in a surprising way. (Subtitled Friday night, dubbed Sunday afternoon)
PG; 121 minutes; Japanese with English subtitles
Saturday, August 13
Pompo the Cinephile
In the alternative world of “Nyallywood,” the producer “Pompo” Pomponett is the queen of the “B-films,” assisted by Gene, a film buff with dreams of making it big in movies someday. When Pompo assigns him to direct a film about a famous actor and put an up-and-coming actress in the film, all sorts of wacky chaos breaks out along the way to making a “masterpiece.” Pompo the Cinephile is a fantastic love letter to all the exhilarating and heartbreaking aspects of filmmaking.
G; 93 minutes
Masaaki Yuasa (Ride Your Wave, Mind Game, Lu Over the Wall, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl) is one of the most exciting and imaginative anime directors and one whose work Anime at the Modern has featured for several years. This year, we are proud to present his newest film, Inu-Oh, during its theatrical run in the US. Set in the Muromachi period (14th through 16th centuries), the film tells the story of Tomona, a blind musician who plays the biwa, and Inu-Oh, a horribly disfigured Noh actor who loves to dance and perform while wearing costumes and masks to hide his appearance. Together, these two marginalized artists combine to become popular with the masses, but their work ultimately proves to be politically contentious to the samurai rulers. Only Yuasa’s imagination could take traditional biwa music and turn it into an anime rock opera. “Inu-Oh unfolds like a mash-up between the Japanese legend The Tale of the Heike and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.” David Ehrlich, Indiewire.com.
98 minutes; Japanese with English subtitles
Sunday, August 14
PG; 121 minutes
The Deer King
Studio Ghibli alumni animators Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji’s directorial debut, The Deer King, is a timely tale for a world living through COVID. Set in Aquafa, a fantasy nation conquered by the Empire of Zol, this wide-ranging story touches on many issues besides a pandemic, including ecological destruction, prejudice, science vs. ideology, and colonialism. The main story follows Van, an Aquafa prisoner who escapes from his Zol captors and rescues an orphan girl named Yuna. Both are bitten by a Black Wolf that is spreading a supernatural disease, but they miraculously survive. As the only survivors of this disease, they ultimately encounter the scientist Hossal who is working to find a cure but may not be able to recognize it when he sees it.
R; 120 minutes
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