A few days before my trip to Underground Cinema, I was told that the secret location for the screening was the Chinese Museum in Chinatown. Hmm, the theme was Magic and the dresscode Magic/Oriental/Harajuku, yet the location was Chinese? Very mysterious.
Down a dimly lit laneway we lined up as the clues to the film were slowly revealed to us. Men and women in yukata and kimonos. Fawning bath house attendants fluttering fans and bowing low. Creepy faceless robed beings moving amongst the crowd.
We were ushered into the dragon room of the first floor of the museum, a very apt reception point with silent grinning lion headresses leering down at you in the dim light.
Have a look at the pictures – can you guess what the film is?
Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, of course!