During February, the Center for East Asian Studies and Friends of the Japanese House and Garden present “Princesses: Four Japanese Royal Films”—a collection of princess-themed Japanese films. Each film is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Film showings take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays, in Cohen Hall Room 402 on the Penn campus.


Mononoke hime (Princess Mononoke)

Miyazaki Hayao (1997)
Feb. 3

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.


Operetta tanuki goten (Princess Racoon)

Suzuki Seijun (2005)
Feb. 10

Amechiyo (The banished prince) falls in love with Tanukihime (a princess of raccoon dog disguised to human). This is an Operetta which includes comedy, singing and dancing, and a love story.


Samurai purinsesu: Gedô-hime (Samurai Princess)

Kengo Kaji (2009)
Feb. 17

A group of young schoolgirls walking through the woods is attacked and raped by a gang of thugs. Only one of the girls survives, but is badly injured. She is found by a scientist who takes her back to his lab, gives her a new robotic body and a female monk gives her magical powers. They send her out to take revenge on her attackers, but as it turns out he has an ulterior motive for his actions.


Kaguya hime monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya)

Takahata Isao (2013)
Feb. 24

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

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