(Gake no ue no Ponyo) 崖の上のポニョ
Japan 2008. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. 101 min. DCP

Co-presented with Anime Evolution

This enchanting hand-drawn marvel from Hayao Miyazaki, “the greatest of all animators” (Roger Ebert), provides a whimsical meeting of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid with the Japanese nautical folktales of ningyo, literally “human fish.” It centres on the friendship between a five-year-old boy named Sosuke, son of a sailor, and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, young daughter of a sorcerer dad and a sea-goddess mom. After their chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become human. As you'd expected from Studio Ghibli, Ponyo is awash in pure, unbridled imagination and visual fancy — but it’s the tender love, humour, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film. “Heralds a return to the child-like wonder of Miyazaki's enduring My Neighbour Totoro. And what do you know? It's another masterpiece” (Alex Lucas, Empire).

In consideration of little kiddos in attendance, Ponyo will screen in its English-dubbed version.


Summer Ningyo 夏の人魚たち
| This summer (or natsu, in Japanese), Film Club presents a pair of anime wonders that playfully reimagine ningyo, the mermaid-like creatures of Japanese folklore. Don't miss Lu Over the Wall in August.

Vancouver's premier anime convention since 2003, Anime Evolution celebrates anime, manga, gaming, Japanese pop-culture, and every kind of related fandom. This year's convention takes place July 27-28 at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. animeevolution.com



"There is a word to describe Ponyo, and that word is magical ... There are so few movies that can delight both a small child and the adult in the next seat. Here is one of them."

Roger Ebert | full review

"Astonishing ... Just see Ponyo!"

Slate Magazine | full review

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