Prince Charles cinema is running an amazing series of films from legendary Japanese anime studio Ghibli. If you haven't heard of them, you should - they have been called "the Japanese Walt Disney", although their films are arguably much more complex and interesting than Walt Disney's.
"Whisper of the Heart" is lighter and more teenage-y, whereas "Pincess Mononoke" is a complex story about the conflict between human civilization and ancient spirits, and one of my favorite animated movies. Both feature lovely images that should look great on the big screen.
WHISPER OF THE HEART: A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from the library? The boy's grandfather has a violin sales and service shop. The boy wants to be a violin maker like his grandfather.
PRINCESS MONONOKE: On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 94% approval rating, noting that "With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation."
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The films are in Japanese, with subtitles. The show starts at 1pm, and I will be waiting outside the cinema from 12:30, holding a meetup sign. Tickets are £12 (for two films), or £7 for members.
Prince Charles Cinema (http://princecharlescinema.com/) is the only non subsidised repertory cinema in the UK, and a little gem in the Leicester Square area. Quentin Tarantino has said, "For lovers of quality films, this is Mecca." It's in Leicester Place, the tiny street to the left of Häagen-Dasz.