The JICC: Japan Information & Culture Center Embassy of Japan is excited to present a virtual screening in honor of Children's Dayon May 5! This is also the first time we are presenting an anthology of Japanese short films with English audioso that younger audience members can enjoy our special program as well. Registration on Eventbrite is open to all.
Image Courtesy of Sozai Library
Studio Ponoc, the new animation studio founded by two-time Academy Award®-nominee Nishimura Yoshiaki (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from the venerable Studio Ghibli, made an immediate splash last year with its acclaimed debut film Mary and The Witch's Flower.
Studio Ponoc returns this year with Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1, an ambitious anthology of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today.
Together, the stories explore ideas of heroism in everyday life, and the infinite potential of the short film format allows the directors and Studio Ponoc to experiment with breathtaking visuals and gorgeous fantasy worlds in this unforgettable short film showcase.
With English Audio | PG | 2018 | 54 min | Directed by YONEBAYASHI Hiromasa, MOMOSE Yoshiyuki, and YAMASHITA Akihiko
"These are all truly stories of modest heroes, their little braveries filling the screen..."
— Austin Chronicle
Viewers will also receive a digital JICC educational packet with fun activities they can try at home with their children!
This event is free and open to the public, however registration through EventBrite is required in order to receive an exclusive access code to the virtual screening via follow-up email.A digital JICC educational packet with activities will also be included.
Based on the best-selling comic "Oboreru Knife" by George Asakura
Winner of Best New Actress, 2016 Kinema Junpo Awards
Natsume, a teenage fashion model moving from Tokyo, spends the days without any dreams or excitement. After meeting Koichiro, successor of a Shinto priest family, she finds herself falling under his spell. Both separately and together, she tries to find her place in life through the relationship with Koichiro.