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Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Isao Takahata

1999, in Japanese with English subtitles

Japan

104 minutes

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CASTLES IN THE SKY: STUDIO GHIBLI

My Neighbors the Yamadas

Hohokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun

This rarely seen gem is a considerable departure for Ghibli in terms of both style and story: its comic strip-style animation (distinctly different from the traditional Ghibli style) was also created entirely on computers, making it the first Ghibli film to be made without traditional hand-drawn animation. In a series of titled vignettes such as A Family Crisis, Marriage Yamada-Style, and Patriarchal Supremacy Restored, Takahata explores the daily lives of the Yamada family. Interweaving the family’s everyday life lessons with whimsical fantasy sequences, My Neighbors the Yamadas is a delightfully offbeat example of Ghibli’s focus on the intricacies of human relationships and the intersections of past and present.