Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Anime Film Festival at Pacific Asia Museum June 11-Aug. 6

Pacific Asia Museum presents a summer film festival of popular anime in celebration of its current exhibition The Samurai Re-imagined from Ukiyo-e to Anime. The Anime Film Festival will run every other Thursday from June 11 through August 6, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and includes such films as Bleach Movie 1, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Samurai X as well as episodes from television favorites Samurai 7, Jubei-chan, Samurai Champloo, Rurouni Keshin and Peacemaker.

Pacific Asia Museum’s Anime Film Festival includes extended gallery hours and films screened under the stars in the museum’s beautiful courtyard garden with introductions by special guests such as animation historian Charles Solomon and The Samurai Re-imagined curator Julian Bermudez. The Anime Film Festival is included with the price of museum admission, $9 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors.

Thursday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m.: Bleach Movie 1: Memories of Nobody
After an accidental transfer of power from a Soul Reaper, 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki takes on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. Fighting to protect friends and repay a debt, Ichigo wields a soul-cutting sword that can change its appearance.

Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m.: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie
In the Earth Federation’s war with the rebellious Principality of Zeon, much of the Earth’s fighting force is composed of Mobile Suits (Gundams), humanoid robots piloted by teenage boys that fight in space and on land, using cannons, giant energy blades and shields, and occasionally their fists.

Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m.: Samurai X: The Motion Picture
The scarred hero of Rurouni Kenshin and his friends encounter a rebel group opposed to the Meiji government as they offer protection and aid to those in need.

Thursday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.: Seven Samurai and Samurai 7
Kurosawa’s film masterpiece explores what happens when desperate villagers hire seven masterless –and equally desperate – samurai as protection against bandits. Anime serial Samurai 7 transports the story from 16th century Japan into a futuristic world.

Thursday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m.: TV Night: favorite episodes of Jubei-chan, Samurai Champloo, Rurouni Kenshin and Peacemaker
The action-comedy Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl follows 14-year-old Jiyu Nanohana, a modern high school girl who discovers an eye patch that transforms her into the re-incarnation of Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi, Japan’s famed one-eyed samurai/ninja folk hero.

Samurai Champloo takes place during the Edo period (1602 – 1868), but includes anachronistic elements like hip hop culture, break dancing, slang terms, and graffiti. The stylistically innovative series references actual events like the Shimabara Rebellion, and includes versions of real-life Edo personalities like Mariya Enshiro and Miyamoto Musashi.

Rurouni Kenshin follows Himura Kenshin as he travels through early Meiji Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, in atonement for the murders he committed as an assassin.
Peacemaker takes place in 19th century Japan as Young Tetsu serves the samurai who protect the capital under order of the Shogun. The series is renowned for its deep character development, especially as Tetsu grapples with his conflicting desires for revenge and peace.

Pacific Asia Museum’s Anime Film Festival was made possible due, in part, to the support of Visual Communications and The Japan Foundation.

Due to some mature content films are not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s mission is to further cultural awareness and understanding through the arts. Since 1971, Pacific Asia Museum has served a broad audience of students, families, adults, and scholars through its education and outreach programs.

Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101. Museum opens Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $9 general, $7 students/seniors, and free for children ages 11 and younger. Admission is free every 4th Friday of the month.

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