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Howl’s Moving Castle


Images courtesy of Buena Vista

Howl’s Moving Castle

Wex Drive-In

The Wexner Center brings the big screen outside for the Wex Drive-In series of free open-air film screenings on the Wexner Center Plaza. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating at these festive, informal events. All Drive-In movies start at dusk (generally around 9 PM), but you are invited to come at 8 PM to choose your spot and enjoy the company of friends and fellow film fans. On tap for the evening: beer from Seventh Son Brewing and wine from our cash bar, plus Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (with a free scoop for members), Pam’s Market Popcorn, and pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice.

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.

Thu, Aug 18, 2011 8 PM

"The world Howl's gives us to live in, for a couple of hours, is pure magic. It is one of those places we might never wish to leave."—Arizona Republic

Perhaps the greatest figure in animation since Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki has been enchanting audiences of all ages for nearly three decades. Comic, dramatic, romantic, and transporting, Howl's Moving Castle is full of rich details, spectacular creatures, and imaginative design. The dazzling film sees Sophie, a hard-working teenage girl, get transformed into a 90-year-old woman by a jealous witch. She seeks refuge in the magical castle of the handsome-but-mysterious wizard Howl and the two work to bring peace to a war-torn kingdom.

This English-language version features the voices of Lauren Bacall and Christian Bale, Jena Malone, and Billy Crystal. There’s no better way to restore your sense of wonder than seeing a Miyazaki film – especially outside on a summer night! (119 mins., 35mm)

In the event of rain, this film will screen in Mershon Auditorium at 9 PM.

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.