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Studio Ghibli Films at MCL Cinemas Coincide with Release of "The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

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MCL Cinema in Hong Kong is showing a limited two-month run of Studio Ghibli films, including the premiere of the studio's latest work, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," beginning this month. The special showings, only on weekends, coincide with the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's exhibition "Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation."

MCL Telford Cinema (address: Telford Gardens, 33 Wai Yip St., Kowloon Bay, Kowloon) near MTR Kowloon Bay Station began simultaneously showing Ghibli films at 4:00 p.m. on weekends beginning on the week of July 1st, with dubbed Cantonese versions on Saturdays and original versions on Sundays. The featured films are "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" (starting with the July 12th premier), "Arrietty," "From Up On Poppy Hill," "The Cat Returns," Ponyo," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Tales from Earthsea," "My Neighbor Totoro" and "The Wind Rises."

The July 12th premier of "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," directed by Isao Takahata and released in Japan last November, coincides with the Ghibli festivities. The film, which Director Takahata says "is a work our talented staff put together to try and get the audience to empathize with Princess Kaguya as they explore the crime she had committed," is based on the Japanese folktale "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter," in which Princess Kaguya is the protagonist. The film is currently set to screen at four MCL theaters: Metro Cinema (Po Lam Station), Telford Cinema, Kornhill Cinema and STAR Cinema (Tseung Kwan O Station). The Japanese and Cantonese versions will each run three to five times a day.

Moviegoers can check theater schedules and seat availability at the MCL Cinema website (http://www.mclcinema.com/visMovieSelect.aspx?visLang=2). Admission ranges from HK$55 to $75, depending on the theater.

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