This spring, we will feature a series of films, CHIKYU FILMS, which will share the stories and people who examine the close relationship to our environment, our earth, or Chikyu 地球 in Japanese.
A special Co-presentation between the Japan Foundation, Toronto and The Revue Cinema
@Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
Directed by Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli (119 min.) 1994
Japanese with English subtitles
In this family friendly film, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object.
The tanuki spend their days playing idly in the hillsides and squabbling over food – until the construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb clears the nearby forest and threatens their way of life. In an effort to defend their home, the tanuki learn to transform into humans and start playing tricks to make the workers think the construction site is haunted, ending in a spectacular night-time spirit parade, with thousands of ghosts, dragons and other magical creatures descending on the city — in an abundance of fantastical characters that would not be matched on screen by Studio Ghibli until Spirited Away.
(All images © 1994 Hatake Jimusho – Studio Ghibli – NH)