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Japan has made many contributions to the world and one of them is anime or “Japanimation”, which is the term given to animation from that country. The films have colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes that have captured the world’s imagination. The Embassy of Japan, in conjunction with the University Cinema of the University of Panama, will present a sample of this genre from Monday 19 to Friday, February 23. There will be seven movies to be screened at 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Entrance is free.
The anime films to be shown are:
1. – “Party of Geniuses”: Fourteen cartoon animators direct seven stories that compete in talent, wit and style, while narrating their tales. The film was released in 2007 with scripts by Masaaki Yuasa, Shinichiro Watanabe and others; duration, 105 minutes. It can be seen on Wednesday 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, 23 at 3:00 p.m.
2.-“Party of Geniuses – Beyond”-: This is the second installment of “Party of Geniuses”, this time Masahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto and others continue their competition. The film, released in 2008, tells five new stories described as “5 impacts”. The screening is on Thursday 22 at 5:00 p.m. and on Friday 23 at 7:00 p.m.
3.- “Princess Arete”: A princess lives locked in a castle by her father, but she wishes to know the world and receives a proposal from a sorcerer who comes to her window on a flying object. A story created by Sunao Katabuchi that is romantic and beautiful at the same time. The showing will be on Tuesday 20 at 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday 21 at 3:00 p.m.
4.- “Mental Game”: A film directed by Masaaki Yuasa, released in 2004. A ‘manga’ artist (Japanese comic book writer) reencounters a friend whom he loves, but he dies in a brawl and starts a surrealistic journey in which he discovers the value of life. It can be seen on Monday 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday 23 at 5:00 p.m.
5.- “Five Centimeters per Second”: A young man decides to visit his childhood friend and remembers three anecdotes about love and innocence. A film by Makoto Shinkai, winner of the Asian Pacific Screen Award for best animated film. Screenings are on Wednesday 21 at 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 22 at 7:00 p.m.
6.- “The Garden of Words”: Makoto Shinkai brings us this tale about a teenager in a park, who dreams about being a shoemaker who encounters a woman who will change his life. It will be shown on Wednesday 21 at 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, 22 at 7:00 p.m.
7.- “History of Bravery”: A tale of heroism and sacrifice directed by Koichi Chigira. When his mother falls ill, a boy goes into a world where he can change his destiny, but first he must face evil beings, enemies and his own demons. Shows are on Tuesday 20 at 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday 22 at 3:00 p.m.
For more information call 523-5391