• Monday, Feb 28, 2011

    First & Only US Screenings of Two Miyazaki Shorts at Carnegie Hall on 3/26, for JapanNYC Festival


    Both Animated Shorts, House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider,
    To Be Shown Twice; Screenings Mark
    First Time Works Have Been Shown Outside Japan

    Carnegie Hall today announced that two short animated films—House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider—by Academy Award-winning Japanese animator and director Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) will be shown together in two screenings on Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. It will mark the first time that these two films, created in 2006, have been exhibited outside Japan. The screenings are part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide JapanNYC festival which invites audiences to explore the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with more than 65 performances and events this season (including over 40 this spring) at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues.

    Tickets for the Zankel Hall film screenings, priced at $15, will go on sale Tuesday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org.

    Hayao Miyazaki is one of the world’s most prominent directors and animators of animated feature films. A commercially and critically successful filmmaker in Japan since the late 1970s, Miyazaki came to be well known in the West for his 1997 feature Princess Mononoke, which at the time was the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and was the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. His 2001 follow-up, Spirited Away, then became the highest grossing film in Japanese history and also won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Spirited Away also won Best Animated Feature at the 2002 American Academy Awards and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the first animated film to win either of these honors.

    House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider are two of eight short animated films created specifically for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan, by Studio Ghibli, the animation studio that Miyazaki co-founded in 1985. These short films may only be seen at the Ghibli Museum, which was founded in 2001 to celebrate, preserve, and introduce people of all ages to the techniques and culture of traditional hand-drawn animation. In cooperation with Carnegie Hall, the Ghibli Museum has made a one-time-only exception to its screening policy for the JapanNYC festival.

    Both House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider share a common feature in that they do not make use of spoken dialogue to convey their story or theme. And each in its own way represents two divergent thematic and stylistic characteristics of Japanese art and culture: the indigenous traditional culture of Japanese folk art, and the more elaborate and refined art influenced by borrowings from foreign cultures. House Hunting employs a bold and somewhat simplified style and owes much to the influence of manga, including the use of visual representation of sound effects. Mon Mon the Water Spider is more Western-influenced, both in its style and its story and theme.

    The JapanNYC festival explores the world of Japan today, where artists embrace their country’s unique aesthetic sensibilities while continually revitalizing its cultural landscape. Led by famed conductor Seiji Ozawa as Artistic Director, JapanNYC celebrates a country that values its long-standing cultural heritage while also embracing and transforming Western art forms, in a spirit that very much looks ahead. More than 40 JapanNYC events will take place throughout New York City from March 14–April 9. For a complete schedule and more details, visit carnegiehall.org/japannyc.

    House Hunting
    (Japanese title: Yado-Sagashi)

    Fuki packs what she needs into a big rucksack and sets out on a journey to look for a new house. She leaves the city and heads off into the mountains. Along the way, she encounters some of Japan’s many guardian spirits and leaves them each a token offering. And then she finds a place that’s just right. Or is it? In this short film all of the sound effects are voiced by two actors. Sometimes the Japanese onomatopoeic sounds—sounds that are meant to imitate the things that make them—appear as Japanese letters on the screen. But whether you understand Japanese or not, the sounds in the film speak for themselves.

    Length: 12 minutes, 11 seconds
    Original story and screenplay, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
    Animator: Katsuya Kondo
    Yado-Sagashi ©2006 Nibariki - G

    Mon Mon the Water Spider
    (Japanese title: Mizugumo Monmon)

     Water spiders are unique creatures that live in ponds and streams in northern Japan. In this film, Mon Mon, a water spider, travels back and forth to the surface of the water gathering bubbles of air, and drags them back down below where he uses them as both air supply and nest, all the while keeping a sharp lookout for predators. One day, Mon Mon spies a damsel water strider gliding freely and effortlessly across the water’s surface and cannot take his eyes off of her. He thinks of her after she has glided away out of sight and almost forgets to be cautious and wary. Could this graceful, free-moving beauty ever come to love a homely, ungainly water spider chained to his nest of bubbles? When he sees her in danger and rises to the rescue, he gets a chance to see her world as she does.

    Length: 14 minutes, 54 seconds
    Original story and screenplay written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
    Music: Rio Yamase
    Directing Animator: Atsuko Tanaka
    Mizugumo Monmon ©2006 Nibariki – G

    Program Information

    Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Yado-Sagashi (House Hunting) (2006, 12 mins)
    Mizugumo Monmon (Mon Mon the Water Spider) (2006, 15 mins)

    Two short films by Japan’s legendary director and Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki are shown for the first time in the United States.

    Tickets: $15

    JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America Foundation; Kotaro ONO, The Chairman of The ONO Group; ROHM Co., Ltd. and Rohm Music Foundation; Sony Corporation; and Yoko Nagae Ceschina.

    Supporting Sponsors are Deloitte LLP; Mitsubishi International Corporation; Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota.

    With additional funding from Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC; Asian Cultural Council; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; GWFF USA Inc.; ITOCHU International Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation; The NY Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation, Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara; Seiko Instruments Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; and Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation.

    With special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan; Japan Tourism Agency; Japan National Tourism Organization; the Japan Foundation; and the Consulate-General of Japan in New York.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets for JapanNYC events taking place at Carnegie Hall are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For tickets to JapanNYC partner events, please contact the specific venue.

    A JapanNYC Festival Passport, priced at $10, saves 15% or more on all events at Carnegie Hall and many partner events during JapanNYC. The Passport is available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, through CarnegieCharge, or at carnegiehall.org. Some restrictions apply.

    For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.


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