By Jason S. Yadao
I was shuffling between the Mililani Town Center gazebo and a Jamba Juice store on Monday -- why, exactly, is not really important to this discussion (*cough*takingoverIngressportals*cough*) -- when I spotted something in the window of the Mililani Stadium 14 theaters that I've been waiting to see for a while now.
There was a poster for The Wind Rises, director Hayao Miyazaki's feature film swan song (or maybe not, who knows) and Oscar-nominated animated historical drama about airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi.
And a sign underneath: "ADVANCE TICKETS NOW ON SALE."
Indeed, for those of you who like preparing ahead for such things, tickets are now available on Fandango for screenings starting Friday, Feb. 21, at least through Sunday, March 2, at most theaters. The bulk of the screenings available are for Feb. 21-27 at the Consolidated Ward Stadium complex, but shows are also available Feb. 28-March 2 at the aforementioned Mililani theaters as well as Consolidated's Pearlridge West and Kahala 8 theaters and the Regal Dole Cannery 18 complex. Consolidated's Kaahumanu 6 theaters in Kahului have tickets available for Feb. 28-March 6.
For the first week, at least, the Ward theaters will be switching between the English-subtitled and dubbed versions, so for those of you who don't care about Joseph Gordon-Leavitt's take on Jiro and would much rather prefer to hear the voice of Evangelion director Hideaki Anno in the role, you'll have the option to watch that version. Catch the dubbed version at 10:45 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. or the subbed version at 1:40, 7:30 and 10:25 p.m. daily through Feb. 27.
It's unknown as of now whether the subtitled version will make an appearance at the other theaters, but here's the rundown of screenings available. Unless otherwise noted, the times shown cover the weekend of Feb. 28 only:
Mililani: 11:05 a.m. and 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m.
Pearlridge: 11:15 a.m. and 2, 4:45, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m.
Dole (Feb. 28 only for now): 11 a.m. and 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 and 10:20 p.m.
Kahala: 10:45 a.m. and 1:30, 4:15 and 7 p.m. (9:45 p.m. showing on Feb. 28 and March 1 only)
Kaahumanu: 10:45 a.m. and 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9:45 p.m. (Feb. 28-March 6)
Here's the official trailer to get you ready to see it, where not a single word is spoken. See you at the theater.