Film Schedule

Monkey-Wrenching Raccoons: Pom Poko

When: February 22, 2009, 2 pm


Director: Isao Takahata
Length: 119 mins

Introduced by: Eileen Mikals-Adachi

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 Just as in the West there are legends of witches and ghosts and demons, Japanese legends tell of magical shape-shifting raccoons (tanaki) and foxes.  Pom Poko is a delightfully animated faux-documentary about the ways a certain clan of these raccoons managed to survive as human developments began to encroach on their traditional habitat.  Assistant Professor of Japanese at Eckerd College, Eileen Mikals-Adachi, has long been a student of Japanese pop culture and folklore, and will introduce and lead a discussion about this delightful and engaging film by Studio Ghibli filmmaker Isao Takahata.  This program continues our tradition of designing our Sunday afternoon programs especially for families and children – but the film and discussion will enchant all but the most jaded adults.

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