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Cherry Blossom Anime Marathon
March 28, 2009

Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with Monster Tales, Anime Films and ImaginAsia Workshops March 28-April 12
The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will offer a variety of programs, exhibitions, and tours to celebrate the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 28 through April 12, in Washington, D.C.


Animal Treasure Island: 11:30 AM

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novel Treasure Island, Hiroshi Ikeda’s delightful children’s film tells the story of a boy, Jim, and his mouse friend Gran, who set sail in search of riches, only to a band of dastardly pirates led by Captain Silver. Suitable for all ages. (1971, 78 min., English, video)

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone:  1:30 PM

This sci-fi tale co-directed by Hideaki Anno, Masayuki and Kazuya Tsurumaki is set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where the population defends itself from alien invaders with the help of human/mechanical hybrid battle robots. Its hero, Shinji, is a shy 14-year-old boy mysteriously chosen to save the planet from the aliens for good. Rated PG. (2007, 98 min., Japanese with English subtitles, video)

Vexille : 4:00 PM

Visual effects whiz Sori directed this stunning example of animation as high tech high art – a fusion of advanced techniques and sophisticated thinking about mankind’s possible future. In the year 2077, Japan has isolated itself from the world. The film’s eponymous heroine and her team of US commandos are ordered to infiltrate its barricades and get to the root of the illegal biotechnology experiments being conducted by sinister mega-corporation Daiwa. Rated PG-13. (2007, 110 min., Japanese with English subtitles, video)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time -In 35mm!: 7:00 PM

As the title suggests, Mamoru Hosoda’s cheery comedy is about a teenage tomboy who discovers that she can travel through time. After discovering her power, goofy, scatterbrained Motoko goes on all manner of exciting adventures, but ultimately realizes that friendship is the greatest adventure of all. Rated PG. (2006, 98 min., Japanese with English subtitles)


Tickets for all films (two per person per film) will be distributed beginning at 10:30 AM.  Half of the tickets for each film will be held back and distributed approximately one hour before each show time.

For more information on Freer and Sackler Celebartion of the National Cherry Blossom Festival March 28-April 12, 2009, visit:

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