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Pompo The Cinephile

Midnight screenings happen at midnight the day listed. For example, if it says Saturday At Midnight, please arrive by 11:45pm Saturday night.

Director: Takayuki Hirao Run Time: 94 min. Format: Audio Amplification Available Release Year: 2021 Language: Japanese

Starring: Ai Kakuma, Akio Ôtsuka, Hiroya Shimizu, Konomi Kohara, Rinka Otani

Veteran animator Takayuki Hirao’s new film isa rollicking, exuberant ode to the power of the movies, and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, as a new director and his team devote their lives to the pursuit of a “masterpiece.” Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script. But when the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director?

Pompo the Cinephile – 3/24/23 @ 12:00 pm
Pompo the Cinephile – 3/25/23 @ 3:00 pm
Pompo the Cinephile – 3/26/23 @ 5:00 pm w. Intro
Pompo the Cinephile – 3/27/23 @ 9:55 pm
Pompo the Cinephile – 3/28/23 @ 2:55 pm
Pompo the Cinephile – 3/29/23 @ 5:10 pm
Pompo the Cinephile – 3/30/23 @ 12:00 pm

Pompo the Cinephile with an Intro from Prof. Yoshihiro Yasuhara
5 pm – March 26 – 13
Yoshihiro Yasuhara,  an Associate Teaching Professor in Japanese Studies at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Modern Language, will introduce this new anime film and give a short talk on the history and evolution of anime.

About Yoshihiro Yasuhara
Yoshihiro Yasuhara is an Associate Teaching Professor in Japanese Studies at Department of Modern Language, Carnegie Mellon University. Courses that he teaches at CMU are titled “Anime: Visual Interplay between Japan and the World,” “Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling,” and “The Evolution of Japan’s Urban Culture” among others. His fields of research include Comparative Literature, Modern Japanese Literature and Film, Cultural Studies, and Literary/Cultural Theory.

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