Few filmmakers embody the phrase “living legend” more than Hayao Miyazaki. For more than 30 years, the Japanese director/producer/animator has transcended both culture and medium with a slew of stunningly gorgeous, impossibly imaginative, and emotionally complex anime films. Miyazaki went into semi-retirement in 2013 (he’ll soon be returning to direct a 3-D computer-animated short), but films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor TotoroPrincess Mononoke, and, hell, even Porco Rosso will live on forever in the hearts and minds of young and old alike.

And now, they’ll be living on at Milwaukee’s Avalon Theater. Throughout the month of March (and into April), every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday will feature a screening of a Miyazaki classic. Even better, evening screenings for this “Anime March” event will be in Japanese with English subtitles, while morning screenings will be dubbed in English (for the kids!). Tickets for each film are only $5. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

Here’s the lineup:

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
March 1 + March 3 — 9 p.m. (Japanese w/English subtitles)
March 5 — 10:30 a.m. (English dubbed)

My Neighbor Totoro
March 8 + March 10 — 9 p.m. (Japanese w/English subtitles)
March 12 — 10:30 a.m. (English dubbed)

Princess Mononoke
March 15 + March 17 — 9 p.m. (Japanese w/English subtitles)
(No Saturday show)

Spirited Away
March 22 + March 24 — 9 p.m. (Japanese w/English subtitles)
March 26 — 10:30 a.m. (English dubbed)

Howl’s Moving Castle
March 29 + March 31 — 9 p.m. (Japanese w/English subtitles)
April 2 — 10:30 a.m. (English dubbed)

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