FACT We <3 Miyazaki season kicks off with 25th anniversary showing of My Neighbour Totoro

Posted on 25 April 2014
By Ashleigh Panther
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FACT launches ‘We <3 Miyazaki' season with showings of his most famous films. Hayao Miyazaki, is the founder of animation film studio, Studio Ghibli and the studio is most famous for it's anime feature films, including My Neighbour Totoro. Starting with what is considered one of the most loved family films of all times, My Neighbour Totoro is set to be screened on Saturday 26th April at 4pm. The film follows the story of two young sisters, Satsuki and Mei who find that their house sits next to a magical forest, inhabited by creatures known as Totoros. While their mother deals with an illness in hospital, the girls befriend the oldest Totoro, the king O-Totoro who teaches them and helps them deal with life's troubles. The film is celebrating it's 25th anniversary since it's release in 1989 and will be played with subtitles in the Fact cinema. There are also a lot of theories about the story behind My Neighbour Totoro and it goes far past the cute and cuddly appearance of the characters. These include O-Tororo representing the God of Death and that the younger sister Mei drowned after wandering off and that the whole film is based on a real life event known as the 'Sayama Incident.' As part of the We <3 Miyazaki season, there will be showings of the directors films including Porco Rosso, Spirited Away and Howls Moving Castle. The season stretches from the 26th of April to the 31st of May where the season will finish with a showing of Ponyo at 15.30pm. All of these films will also be subtitled, which is something to be considered if you are wanting to take young children along with you. For more information on the films showings and to book a ticket for your favourite Miyazaki movie, visit http://www.fact.co.uk/