(HEISEI TANUKI GASSEN PONPOKO)
1994, Isao Takahata, Japan, 119 min.
Sat, Jul 14th at 5:30pm
Tue, Jul 17th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jul 19th at 6:00pm
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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
A simple story of nature vs. mankind, POM POKO is steeped in elements of Japanese folklore. Two bands of forest raccoons rise up to combat the destruction of their environment by using their legendary shape-shifting powers to threaten and thwart their human adversaries. Animation styles shift from realistic to cuddly to fearsome, and Takahata’s mind-bending sequence in which the raccoons invade a town as a hellish horde of ghosts and spirits is one of many unforgettably stunning set pieces. 35mm. (BS)
On Tuesday in Japanese with English subtitles. On Saturday and Thursday in English with voices by J.K. Simmons, Kevin Michael Richardson, Brian Posehn, Tress MacNeille, and John DiMaggio.