Here's a treat for Philadelphia-area anime fans.
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival has partnered with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to host a free screening of the Studio Ghibli film From Up on Poppy Hill, to coincide with the museum's current special exhibit "Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano." The screening will take place on Sunday, March 22nd at 1pm. The screening is free to attend and museum admission is not required, although if you would like to reserve your ticket online in advance, there is a $3.50 service charge.
Directed by Goro MIYAZAKI, son of world-renowned animator Hayao MIYAZAKI, this feature length anime is a nostalgic coming-of-age romance about two teens who band together to save their high school clubhouse from being demolished. Set in mid-1960s Yokohama, this film beautifully captures the essence of urban Japan during the postwar reconstruction period while exploring memories of loss and longing in the aftermath of war. The continuity in storytelling and engrossing animation style shared between father and son reflect an interesting parallel with the apprenticeship system of the Kano School.
More details on the screening are below. While you are at the museum, don't forget to check out the special exhibit Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano which features more than 120 works of art from the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history!
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Sunday, March 22
Van Pelt Auditorium
Free; ticket required
Museum admission not required to attend this program
Part of the Japanese Film Series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Japanese film industry is one of the most prolific and profitable outside of Hollywood, with a rich history spanning over a century within the medium. The look and feel of Japanese cinema is inextricably linked to the cultural beliefs and artistic traditions of Japan, creating an on-screen aesthetic that is uniquely Japanese. Join Rob Buscher, Festival Director of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, who will introduce selected films that compliment and elucidate themes treated in the exhibition “Ink and Gold: The Art of the Kano.” Each screening will be followed by a post-film discussion.
About the Exhibit
Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano
February 16, 2015 - May 10, 2015
The Kano family’s creative legacy endured for nearly 400 years, forever defining Japanese art. Experience breathtaking Kano masterpieces—the pride of Japan—in this unprecedented exhibition. Only in Philadelphia.
Ink and Gold explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history. Established by Kano Masanobu in the late fifteenth century, the lineage created and upheld standards of artistic excellence in Japan for nearly four hundred years. The exhibition presents more than 120 works of art spanning the school’s long and illustrious history with a focus on large-scale, gold leaf folding screens and sliding doors designed for residences of Japan’s ruling elite. This exhibition, which also includes ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans, is the first outside Japan—and the first anywhere since 1979—to so fully examine the Kano painters’ legacy.