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My Neighbors the Yamadas
My Neighbors the Yamadas

[Monthly Classics] November 17, 7 PM

In remembrance of Isao Takahata (1935-2018), a key figure in the history of Japanese animation and co-founder of Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, Japan Society presents a commemorative screening of the influential director's penultimate animated feature. Derived from a popular newspaper cartoon strip about an average middle-class Japanese family, Yamadas mines the comedy and unexpected profundity of life's everyday moments through a series of memorable vignettes rendered in a minimalist, watercolor-like style. Ghibli's first fully digital animated feature and a precursor to Takahata's acclaimed final film The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013), this largely underrated gem is ripe for rediscovery.

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