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Pom Poko

  • Dir: Isao Takahata

  • Japan, 1994, 119minmins, DCP

With an innate power to change shape, an enclave of tanuki threatened by encroaching urban development commences a campaign of trickery at construction sites, striving to frighten off human beings. In an enchanting fantasy sequence that is at once scary and funny, the tanuki stages the largest march of resistance, only to end up in a merciless defeat. Vacillating between poetic realism and comic cartoonishness, Takahata transforms the enchantment of Japanese folklore into a parable reflecting ecological concerns and condemnation of progress at the expense of nature.

© 1994 Hatake Jimusho – GNH

1995 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Best Animated Feature Film

1.7.2018 (SUN): Post-screening seminar with Tsukioka Sadao (long-time creative partner of Isao Takahata at Toei Animation), Neco Lo and Alvin Tse
Free Admission. Conducted in Cantonese & Japanese

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