Pompo the Cinephile

A Film By Takayuki Hirao
Japan, 2021
Japanese w. English Subtitles

“A manic trifle about the cost of artistic creation that whittles the wounded beauty of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises down to (exactly) 90 minutes of feel-good fun.”

Veteran animator Takayuki Hirao’s new film is a rollicking, exuberant ode to the power of the movies, and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, as a new director and his team devote their lives to the pursuit of a “masterpiece.” Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script. But when the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director?


Pompo the Cinephile with an Intro from Prof. Yoshihiro Yasuhara
5 pm – March 26 – 13
Yoshihiro Yasuhara,  an Associate Teaching Professor in Japanese Studies at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Modern Language, will introduce this new anime film and give a short talk on the history and evolution of anime.