Anime at the Lark

Anime at the Lark Theater

Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Mary And The Witch’s Flower

PG - Japanese Anime, Fantasy
1hr 42min
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

From Academy Award nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi - animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty - comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.

Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College - a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

Based on Mary Stewart's 1971 classic children's book The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch's Flower is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the stirring, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world. Featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill and Academy Award-winners Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.

Mary Witch

 

Show Times
Sat, April 28 1:45pm English   Buy Tickets
Sun, April 29 3:15pm Subtitled   Buy Tickets
Tickets
General $11
General Member
$10
Senior / Child
$8
Senior / Child Member
$7
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Bungo Stray Dogs

Bungo Stray Dogs - Dead Apple

Not Rated - Japanese Anime, Fantasy
1hrs 45min
Directed by Takuya Igarashi
Screenplay by Youji Enokido and Kafka Asagiri
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

Six years has passed since the bloodbath known as the Dragon’s Head Rush conflict.

Over 500 people with supernatural powers have been found dead -- presumably by suicide. The Armed Detective Agency is tasked with the mission to capture Shibusawa Tatsuhiko, the mysterious special ability user thought to be involved. But when Osamu Dazai disappears, the ”Demon” Fyodor begins showing his shadow.

Those with supernatural powers, known as Special ability users, are threatened by an onslaught of unprecedentedly powerful enemies, and the city of Yokohama begins falling into a terrifying nightmare.

Atsushi and Kyouka infiltrate Shibusawa’s fortress, where they are met by Akutagawa, who delivers an unthinkable truth.

Initial D Legend Trilogy

 

Show Times
Sun, May 6 3:30pm *ONE SHOW*   Buy Tickets
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General $11
General Member
$10
Senior / Child
$8
Senior / Child Member
$7
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Bungo Stray Dogs

Lu Over the Wall

Not Rated - Japanese Anime, Fantasy
1hrs 47min
Directed by Masaaki Yuasa
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles; English Dubbed

WINNER, Cristal Award for Best Feature Film
Annecy International Animated Film Festival

"A playful, joyfully weird musical comedy"
-Emily Yoshida, Vulture

"A complete delight whether you're a kid or adult, animation fan or not."
- Daniel Schlindel, The Film Stage

"A high enery crowd pleaser bolstered by welcome shots of kooky surrealism"
-Rebecca Pahle, Film Journal International

"Filled with fantasy and childlike wonder."
-Samantha Cubbison, Japan Times

From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not.

As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger. Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival, and premiering in English as an official selection of Sundance 2018, Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa’s genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.

Initial D Legend Trilogy

 

Show Times
Sat, May 12 10:30am English   Buy Tickets
Sun, May 13 3:00pm Subtitled   Buy Tickets
Tickets
General $11
General Member
$10
Senior / Child
$8
Senior / Child Member
$7
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Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern

Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern (Part One)

Not Rated - Romantic Comedy; Period; Coming-of-Age
1hrs 37min
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

During the Taisho era of 1918, 17-year-old Benio Hanamura thrives on bucking tradition. As a boisterous and quarrelsome tomboy, Miss Hanamura leads a life of kendo and tree-climbing adventure with her best friends Tamaki and Ranmaru. Benio determines to find love on her own, though her family has other plans. She meets the handsome second lieutenant Shinobu, who immediately ruffles Benio's feathers. Benio then discovers, to her dismay, that Shinobu plans to marry her as an arrangement between their families.

Benio tries to sabotage these plans by failing at her domestic duties, but gradually finds herself falling in love with Shinobu and his family. Alas, with their country on the brink of war, Shinobu enlists to fight the Russian army. Striving to be bolder than her culture allows, young Benio does more than simply wait at home with her feelings; she must continue on her journey to modern womanhood, with no guarantee that her fiancé will return.

 

Show Times
Sun, June 10 4:20pm       Buy Tickets
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General $11
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$10
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$8
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Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
(Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou)

Not Rated - Fantasy; Female Melodrama; Period
1hr 55min
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

Though only 15, Maquia knows she will live for centuries without aging past adolescence. She belongs to the Iolph, a clan of ageless beings just like her. Maquia's elders warn her not to fall in love with anyone outside their realm, lest she wish to encounter true loneliness in the end.

But fate pushes Maquia out into the mortal world one night, when an invading territory separates her from the clan. There she discovers an orphaned baby, Erial, and takes him in as her own child. From this point, Maquia will suffer extreme heartbreak in the name of motherhood, as she watches Erial grow and seeks to reconnect with her lost Iolph friends, all torn apart by the cruel world of Mesate.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

 

Show Times
Sun, July 22 4:20pm       Buy Tickets
Tickets
All Audiences $15
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