I’ll say it right away: it’s a good month in particular for Studio Ghibli fans, not only because Miyazaki is releasing his most recent creation,「風立ちぬ］(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, 2013) in Japan on July 20. No, Londoners get lucky too, as the Prince Charles Cinema is treating us with Ghibli films every Sunday in July, plus it’s tempting us with a Ghibli Allnighter. Maybe it’s all to get us in the mood for the August UK release of 「コクリコ坂から」 (Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, Japan, 2011)?
Updates will follow, where relevant.
Last updated: 19/7/2013
FILM SCREENINGS, FILM EVENTS & CINEMA RELEASES
The East End Film Festival continues with its obscure cinematic gems and is offering a couple more Asian treats:
- July 3: A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao, Portugal/France, 2012) – Dir. by João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata. The Hollywood Reporter calls this film “[a] mesmerizing but distancing experimental essay in memory and loss dressed up as noirish semi-drama” (quote).
- July 7:「贖罪」 (Shokuzai/Penance, Japan, 2012) – Dir. by Kurosawa Kiyoshi. This is actually a five episode psychological TV thriller which will screen at the Barbican – prepare for 270 minutes of film watching (bring a pillow and lots of nibbles?).
This is a new event that unfortunately was not well advertised – at least I have no other explanation that no one from the LAFS blogging circle heard about it until basically a day or two ago. Given that there’s a whole bunch of us that are constantly keeping an eye open for all Korean and Japanese films screenings in the UK, I think that’s quite a feat. In any case, KUDFF describes itself as “a film festival that communicates with film made by students”. Five short films will be screened over the two different event days. Further details aren’t quite clear and the FB page doesn’t reveal much more either. Do see Philip’s post over at London Korean Links though.
Abbas Kiarostami’s Raiku samuwan in Rabu continues to screen in select UK cinemas. I don’t know all the screening locations and dates, but it is showing at the BFI (July 1-4, 2013) and at the Institut Français in South Kensington (July 23-31, 2013). My REVIEW (8/10).
A Wong Kar-wai film at the Prince Charles. Showing on two different days. Book here.
The National Media Museum in Bradford is screening Ghibil’s Hotaru no Haka. Remember to bring plenty of tissues (and leave the kids at home)! More here.
Dir. by Oguri Kenichi. A special screening and film talk (Q&A with the producer Kayoko Hosokawa), courtesy of the Japan Society, of “a film that chronicles the power of music to restore confidence in individuals and communities”. Free, but booking essential.
- July 4: 영자의 전성시대 (Yeongja-ui jeonseongsidae/Yeong-ja’s Heydays, South Korea, 1975) – If you cannot make this screening, the film is available on the official Youtube channel of the Korean Film Archive.
- July 18: 깊은밤 갑자기 (Kipunpam kapchagi/Suddenly in the Dark of Night, 1981)
More information in my Women on Screen post.
Okay, that’s not the official title but one I made up (indeed, I would like to call it A Plethora of Studio Ghibli Gems at the PCC, Bless ‘em for Their Impeccable Taste ;-) ), but you get the point. We get doubly lucky with both a Studio Ghibli on Sundays series and a Studio Ghibli Marathon (Ghibli all the night through!).
- July 7: 「天空の城ラピュタ」 (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta/Laputa Castle in the Sky, 1986)
- July 14: 「火垂るの墓」(Hotaru no Haka/Grave of the Fireflies, 1988)
- July 21: 「となりのトトロ」 (Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro, 1988)
- July 28: 「もののけ姫」 (Mononoke-hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997)
Studio Ghibli Marathon (all July 27):
- 「天空の城ラピュタ」 (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta/Laputa Castle in the Sky, 1986)
- 「ハウルの動く城」 (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004)
- 「となりのトトロ」 (Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro, 1988)
- 「紅の豚 」(Kurenai no Buta/Porco Rosso, 1992)
- 「魔女の宅急便」 (Majo no Takkyūbin/Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989)
- 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away, 2001)
The spotlight is now on Choi Min-sik. Free, but must book a seat.
- July 11: 파이란 (Pailan/Failan, 2001)
- July 25: 올드보이 (Oldeuboi/Oldboy, 2003)
Otomo Katsuhiro’s Akira is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be screening in a number of UK cinemas. As you know, if you are an anime fan, this is one not to be missed. Read also my (sort of) REVIEW (9/10).
One participating cinema chain is Picturehouse, which is showing the film in the following locations: Aberdeen, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, London (2x), Norwich, Southampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and York.
Phoenix Oxford (19 July)
Hackney London (21 July)
Cameo Edinburgh (multiple daily screenings, 19-22 July and 24-25 July)
Exeter Picturehouse (21/7)
Picturehouse at FACT (19 and 21 July)
Harbour Lights Southampton (19-22 July and 24 July)
The BFI is offering a showcase of the acting and directing career of Mania Akbari, who shot to fame in 2002 after starring in Abbas Kiarostami’s 10. More info here.
This is the last Asian Movies Meetup that will be held at the Roxy Bar and Screen and it will be a double bill featuring: 「ギョ」(Gyo/Fish, Japan, 2012) and「亀は意外と速く泳ぐ」(Kame wa Igai to Hayaku Oyogu/Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers, Japan, 2005). More here.
Dir. by Joon-ho Bong. One-off screening at the Derby Quad for this black comedy.
The London Indian Film Festival returns to town, with too many goodies to list here, so have a look at the official festival website. Do take note of the special Irrfan Khan in Conversation event at the BFI.
Three days of screenings of Sono Sion’s Kibou no Kuni at the Derby Quad.
Kibou no Kuni will also have a special one-off big screen outing at the Riverside Studios in London on July 23.
Io Sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet, Italy/France, 2011), Chapter Arts, Cardiff (July 19-25, 2013)
To be announced in due course (normally screens towards the end of the month).
Dir. by Park Chan-Wook. Mystery thriller fare at the monthly Terracotta Film Club at the Prince Charles. Book here.
UK HOME MEDIA RELEASES in JULY
Nothing released this month.
The Arts Museum at University College London is having a one-day pop-up exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Chosyu Five in the UK, who themselves studied at the university. Details here. This is one of several events celebrating this anniversary. Information about the other events (both in the UK and in Japan) can be found here.
The Japan Foundation presents a panel discussion on International Film Festivals in the UK, with a focus on “the position of Japanese cinema in their ‘international’ context”. Programme directors from several British film festivals (Leeds, Pan-Asia, Wales One World, etc.) will be discussing their thoughts on the topic. Details are available here. Free and open to all, but RSVP required.
The UK’s biggest J-culture event is back. They don’t really do much in terms of film (though I’m guessing Japanese film distributors will have stalls), but there are a gazillion of other ways to experience Japan at this event: through food, cosplay, crafts, comic storytelling and much, much more. You can find out all about it here.
Anime and manga galore. It’s not the most navigable website (no SEARCH field?!?!), but if you look long enough you should be able to figure out all the details here.
Okay, I don’t know how this works, I basically just stumbled across it. Apparently the Filmhouse in Edinburgh has an online-film-renting option, the so-called Filmhouse Player, and Rent-a-Neko is currently available on it! I haven’t checked out how it works exactly, if someone has, let me know! But this sounds exciting, even more so because Rent-a-Neko has refused to pop up at any of the festival in London thus far…