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Animezing - Princess Arete

  • THE JAPAN INFORMATION AND CULTURE CENTER 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100 Washington DC, 20036 (map)

Winner of the 1st Tokyo International Anime Fair
Award for Excellence, 2002.

Directed by protégé of Hayao Miyazaki, Sunao Katabuchi.


Confined to the castle tower by her father, the young princess Arete spends her days reading and gazing out her window. Although expected to stay there until a worthy suitor is found, the clever princess is unmoved by the hollow proposals of the knights who try to win her hand. More than anything, Arete yearns to see the world outside, and often sneaks away to explore the castle town.

One day a new suitor, the sorcerer Boax, promises to turn Arete into a "proper" princess in exchange for her hand in marriage. Using his magic, he enchants the princess and takes her away to his castle to be locked away in its tower. Arete soon realizes that there will be no rescue: if she wants to free herself, she must discover how to break his spell and escape on her own.

Adapted from the English children's novel The Clever Princess by Diana Coles.  

Recommended ages: 6+  

- Women in Cinema -  

Featuring Producer Eiko Tanaka  

After participating in theatrical movies My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) directed by Hayao Miyazaki, as a line producer at Studio Ghibli, Eiko Tanaka founded STUDIO4°C.

Tanaka has produced theatrical movies such as MEMORIES (1995), Spriggan (1998), MIND GAME (2004), Tekkonkinkreet (2006), Genius Party (2007), BERSERK trilogy (2012), and more. She has also co-produced many titles with foreign companies such as ANIMATRIX, BATMAN: Gotham Knight, the video game HALO, and the TV series THUNDERCATS. STUDIO4°C has been creating cutting edge visual works in various genre from theatrical movies, short films, music clips to commercials, and has received many film awards in and outside of Japan. The latest film harmony/ (2015) was released in theaters in November 2015 (Japan).

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Doors open 30 minutes before the program.
No admittance after 7:00PM or once seating is full.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee a seat.

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