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Presented in collaboration with RMIT Cinema Studies

The Best Films You’ve Never Seen: My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

A screening of Japanese cinema’s animated fantasy My Neighbour Totoro (1988).

Join us for a screening Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro, as part of The Best Films You’ve Never Seen’s Japan Edition. My Neighbour Totoro has recently procured the ranking of #72 on Sight and Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time list. Set post-WW II and capturing rural family life, the film explores animism, illness, environmentalism, and the ties that bind. The film has received numerous awards since it was released, appealing to generations of film lovers.  

My Neighbour Totoro will be screened along with Yasujirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story , making this Japanese double feature evening one to remember. Both films are now considered by critics to be classics, yet neither are household names. Hear from RMIT’s animation research expert Dr Ruth Richards and co-curator of the Melbourne Cinematheque Associate Professor Adrian Danks, as they introduce these films and give context to first time viewers and fans alike.

Both films will be screened in Japanese, with English subtitles.

Please note, tickets for the films may be purchased separately, or as a two-film package.

6.00pm: My Neighbour Totoro

Language: Japanese | English subtitles

Japan | 1988| 86 mins


8.00pm: Tokyo Story

Language: Japanese | English subtitles

Japan | 1953| 136 mins

These screening are presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and RMIT Cinema Studies.