Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli

By popular demand, The Cinematheque is back with the return of the smash-hit retrospective, Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli. From JULY 4th to August 5th, a total of 16 Studio Ghibli films will be shown in theatres, including Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

The Cinematheque Press Release

The Cinematheque
18 June 2013
For Immediate Release

Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli
JULY 4-6, 8, 10-14, 18-31

All Ages Welcome

VANCOUVER — By popular demand, the films of Studio Ghibli return to The Cinematheque!
This retrospective on Japan's world-renowned anime studio played to turn-away crowds when it opened last December. The summertime edition features all the films in the previous series, with the addition of Ponyo and From Up on Poppy Hill.

Screenings are open to all ages. All films are original Japanese-language versions with the exception of Ponyo, which will be presented in English. All films except The Ocean Waves will be screened in 35mm prints.


Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
In a devastated, poisoned, post-apocalyptic world, a brave young princess named Nausicaä struggles to prevent two nations from destroying themselves and the planet.

A young girl falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of a young mining engineer. Together they search for a legendary floating island in the sky, the site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets.

Bored twentysomething Taeko, realizing she's at a crossroads in her life, heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories which unfold in flashback, and Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Two young girls move with their father to a house in the country while their mother is in hospital. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in an ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
A resourceful young apprentice witch and her wisecracking black cat set up a delivery service for a bakery — via flying broom.

Spirited Away (2001)
Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, a young girl stumbles into a dream-like spirit world, where a tyrannical witch puts her to work in a strange bathouse for the gods. Encountering a vast menagerie of characters, she must find the strength and smarts to escape her surroundings and return to her family.

Princess Mononoke (1997)
While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, a young warrior is afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power but will eventually prove fatal. In search of a cure, he journeys deep into the sacred Great Forest, where he meets San, a young girl raised by wolf-gods.

The Ocean Waves (1993)
Taku and best friend Yutaka head back to school for another year, but find their friendship tested by the arrival of beautiful and temperamental Rikako. When Taku joins her on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumours, and all three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.

My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)
With visual design unlike anything else from Studio Ghibli, the film — illustrated in a series of rough sketches and outlines, filled with soft colors that evoke watercolour painting —
 follows the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life.

Ponyo (2008)
This re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid centers on the friendship between a five-year-old boy and a magical goldfish who yearns to become human.

Porco Rosso (1992)
Set between the World Wars, the film follows bounty hunter Marco, a world-weary flying ace cursed with the head of a pig. He meets an innocent, energetic 17-year-old girl who aspires to be an airplane designer, and the two are catapulted into high-flying conflict involving air pirates, the Italian army, and an egotistical American flying ace.

Pom Poko (1994)
The construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb threatens the forest home of a group of magical raccoon dogs, who embark on a guerrilla campaign to haunt the construction site. Their efforts culminate in a spectacular night-time spirit parade, with thousands of ghosts, dragons, and other magical creatures descending on the city.

Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Young, aspiring writer Shizuku discovers that the name Seiji appears before hers on the checkout card of each book she has been reading. Through a series of unlikely and magical incidents, she comes to meet and establish a connection with Seiji, a boy who dreams of becoming a famous violin maker in Italy.

The Cat Returns (2002)A schoolgirl saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking proposal of marriage to his son! She embarks on a journey to the Kingdom of Cats, where her eyes are opened to a whole other world and her destiny is uncertain.

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)The latest feature from Studio Ghibli is a nostalgic coming-of-age drama centered around the budding romance between two high-school kids growing up in the changing times of 1960s Japan.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
A shy teenage girl meets a handsome and mysterious wizard, but is transformed into an old woman by a jealous witch. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in a magical moving castle, and soon finds herself fighting to protect both the wizard and herself from a war of sorcery that imperils their world.


hi-res stills
interviews with Eric Beckman,
dvd screeners for The Ocean Waves, Only Yesterday


Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 
Thursday, July 4 - 6:30pm
Friday, July 5 - 9:00pm
Saturday, July 6 - 6:30pm
Monday, July 8 - 8:50pm

Castle in the Sky 
Thursday, July 4 - 8:50pm
Friday, July 5 - 6:30pm
Saturday, July 6 - 8:50pm
Wednesday, July 10 - 6:30pm

Only Yesterday 
Monday, July 8 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, July 10 - 9:00pm

My Neighbour Totoro 
Thursday, July 11 - 6:30pm
Friday, July 12 - 8:40pm
Saturday, July 13 - 6:30pm
Sunday, July 14 - 8:40pm
Monday, July 15 - 6:30pm

Kiki’s Delivery Service
Thursday, July 11 - 8:20pm
Friday, July 12 - 6:30pm
Saturday, July 13 - 8:20pm
Sunday, July 14 - 6:30pm
Monday, July 15 - 8:20pm

Spirited Away 
Thursday, July 18 - 6:30pm
Friday, July 19 - 8:10pm
Saturday, July 20 - 6:30pm
Sunday, July 21 - 4:30pm
Tuesday, July 23 - 8:35pm

Princess Mononoke 
Thursday, July 18 - 9:00pm
Friday, July 19 - 6:30pm
Saturday, July 20 - 9:00pm
Monday, July 22 - 6:30pm

The Ocean Waves 
Sunday, July 21 - 7:00pm
Monday, July 22 - 9:10pm
Wednesday, July 24 - 7:00pm

My Neighbours the Yamadas
Tuesday, July 23 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, July 24 - 8:35pm
Thursday, July 25 - 8:35pm

Thursday, July 25 - 6:30pm
Saturday, July 27 - 6:30pm
Sunday, July 28 - 4:30pm
Monday, July 29 - 8:50pm

Porco Rosso
Friday, July 26 - 6:30pm
Saturday, July 27 - 8:35pm
Tuesday, July 30 - 6:30pm

Pom Poko
Friday, July 26 - 8:25pm
Monday, July 29 - 6:30pm
Thursday, August 1 - 8:25pm

Whisper of the Heart
Sunday, July 28 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, July 30 - 8:25pm
Wednesday, July 31 - 8:35pm

The Cat ReturnsSunday, July 28 - 8:40pm
Wednesday, July 31 - 7:00pm

From Up on Poppy HillThursday, August 1 - 6:30pm
Friday, August 2 - 8:50pm
Saturday, August 3 - 6:30pm
Monday, August 5 - 8:35pm

Howl’s Moving Castle
Friday, August 2 - 6:30pm
Saturday, August 3 - 8:25pm
Sunday, August 4 - 4:00pm

$11 Adult Single Bill
$9 Senior/Student Single Bill

$14 Adult Single Bill
$12 Senior/Student Single Bill
Annual $3 Membership required for those 18+ 

The Cinematheque 
1131 Howe Street, Vancouver 
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