Grave of the Fireflies MoMA Screenings

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Press Release: Central Park MediaGrave of the Fireflies

For Immediate Release:

New York, NY (May 20, 2005) – Central Park Media is proud to announce that its celebrated feature-length animation Grave of the Fireflies will be screened at The Museum of Modern Art as part of an in-depth retrospective on the careers of two anime pioneers. The exhibition, titled “Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata: Masters of Animation”, includes more than a dozen of the creators’ greatest works from the past thirty years, and runs from June 3–30.

Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are celebrated for their unique approaches to feature-length animation. While Miyazaki’s films revolve around complex legends in fantastic settings, Takahata explores ordinary life in grim, unwavering detail.

“Grave of the Fireflies is renowned as a film classic that touches the human spirit in a way that few other films, either animated or live-action, have been able to do, and we are honored to assist MOMA with this important retrospective,” says Shigeki Morii, Marketing Manager.

Grave of the Fireflies, written and directed by Isao Takahata, follows the plight of two orphaned children and their struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside during World War II. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children’s lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. Grave of the Fireflies, which Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert says “belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made”, screens Sunday, June 5, at 5:00 pm.

Later this summer, Central Park Media will again assist MOMA in its “Animé!!” exhibition by providing the popular programs Revolutionary Girl Utena and Cat Soup. “Animé!!” runs from July 10 through September 12.

About Central Park Media
Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990. The company currently manufactures and distributes three home entertainment lines, each offering anime product for a distinct and discriminating audience: U. S. Manga Corps, Central Park Media and Software Sculptors. With exclusive rights to hundreds of book, video and music products, the company has become a leader in integrated media, as well as a leading publisher of graphic novels under its CPM Press label. Central Park Media also carries a broad array of documentaries released under its CPM label, as well as live-action Japanese feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label.

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