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Princess Raccoon

Princess Raccoon
March 13, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Princess Raccoon  (Japan, 2005)

Operetta Tanuki Goten

This “energetic, inventive and ever-so-slightly insane mishmash of music, magic and madness” (Frank Kermode, The Guardian) stars Jo Odagiri as a prince.  After being exiled, he comes across a magical land of shape-shifting raccoons and falls in love with their princess (Zhang Ziyi).  Rooted in Japanese folklore, studded with tunes that range from operetta to hip hop, and set in a fantastical Edo period of the imagination, this film shows director Seijun Suzuki at his most kindhearted and whimsical.  Although he was pitching a project as late as 2008 (at the age of 85!), this is most likely Suzuki’s final film, and it’s a fittingly friendly way to say goodbye.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 111 min.  Production: The Princess Raccoon Production Committee, Geneon Entertainment, Dentsu, Nippon Herald Films, Shochiku Co. Ltd., Eisei Gekijo, Ogura Jimusyo, Dentsu Tec.  Producer: Satoru Ogura, Ikki Katashima.  Director: Seijun Suzuki.  Screenwriter: Yoshio Urasawa.  Cinematographer: Yonezou Maeda.  Production Design: Takeo Kimura.  Editor: Nobuyuki Ito.  Music: Michiru Oshima, Ryomei Shirai.  With: Zhang Ziyi, Joe Odagiri, Hiroko Yakushimura, Mikijiro Hira, Saori Yuki.