Monday, August 26 – Sunday, September 1


Japanese movies: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO [Subtitled] - featured image
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO [Subtitled]: When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets


VAN GOGH & JAPAN: “I envy the Japanese,” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. Select Laemmle Movie Theaters | Los Angeles | | Get tickets


THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL [Subtitled] - featured image
THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL [Subtitled]: From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game) directs this animated film adapting Morimi Tomihiko’s identically titled novel, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto. The Japan Foundation LA | Miracle Mile | Free
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO [Dubbed]: Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets


THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS [Subtitled] - featured image
THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS [Subtitled]: Whimsical musical numbers, grotesque horror and Claymation all come together in this wildly surreal film by one of the world’s greatest masters of blending genre, Takashi Miike. Vista Theatre | Los Feliz | $11 and up | Get tickets
SPIRITED AWAY [Subtitled] - featured image
SPIRITED AWAY [Subtitled]: Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre | West Los Angeles | $12 | Get tickets


SHIN GODZILLA [Subtitled]: This 2016 Godzilla reboot draws on the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster for inspiration. It won Picture of the Year and Director of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Part of Secret Movie Club’s Kaiju Summer series. Vista Theatre | Los Feliz | $11 and up | Get tickets
BEGIN ビギン in Concert - featured image
BEGIN ビギン in Concert: BEGIN has been serenading fans for nearly 30 years with their iconic melodies about their beloved island home infusing blues with traditional Okinawan music elements. This is their very first mainland US concert. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center | Redondo Beach | $54.67 and up | Get tickets
ANISON USA: Haruko Momoi Live with Shoko and Stephanie Yanez - featured image
ANISON USA: Haruko Momoi Live with Shoko and Stephanie Yanez: A music festival of Japanese Anime, Idol, J-pop, and J-Rock! Featuring Japanese and local artists, famous DJs, cosplay, and much more! Red Gate Recorders | Eagle Rock | $15 and up | Get tickets


BAKERU | Transforming Spirits: Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free


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