The Deer King

  • Sunday August 14, 2022 3:00 PM

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Studio Ghibli alumni animators Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji’s directorial debut, The Deer King, is a timely tale for a world living through COVID. Set in Aquafa, a fantasy nation conquered by the Empire of Zol, this wide-ranging story touches on many issues besides a pandemic, including ecological destruction, prejudice, science vs. ideology, and colonialism. The main story follows Van, an Aquafa prisoner who escapes from his Zol captors and rescues an orphan girl named Yuna. Both are bitten by a Black Wolf that is spreading a supernatural disease, but they miraculously survive. As the only survivors of this disease, they ultimately encounter the scientist Hossal who is working to find a cure but may not be able to recognize it when he sees it. 
R; 120 minutes 


Join us as we celebrate the Japanese anime genre -- films that are visually stunning and imaginative, with poetic stories that will pull at your heartstrings. We are excited to screen several recent releases, including  Masaaki Yuasa's latest, Inu-Oh. The Modern Shop will have Japanese-inspired snacks and exclusive merchandise for purchase. 
Anime otakus will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience at the Modern! 

While you’re visiting, browse the galleries and view the Women Painting Women exhibition. Make plans to enjoy some delightful eats at Café Modern before the film. 

All screenings will be held in the Modern's auditorium. Tickets are $10; $8 for Modern members; and $7 for Reel People members. Tickets for individual films are available online. For full festival passes please call 817.738.9215 or visit the museum’s admission desk. 

All films feature introductions by Dr. Marc Hairston, with Dr. Christine Veras joining him for the showing of Inu-Oh.

Friday, August 12 

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

Saturday, August 13

Pompo the Cinephile

Sunday, August 14

The Deer King