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UPDATED: 11/7/12

This month starts off with a bang as several festivals continue and others are about to commence. It gets a bit quieter towards the middle and end of July, but perhaps that’s not to compete too much with Olympics? Well, that’s the rationale we can make for London at least.

  • London Indian Film Festival, London, UK (June 20-July 3, 2012) 

The London Indian Film Festival finishes. More details here.

  • Two Masters of Japanese Cinema: Kaneto Shindo & Kozabura Yoshimura, London, UK (all of July) 

Part 2 of the BFI’s tribute to Japanese cinema masters Kaneto Shindo and Kozabura Yoshimura. The programme for July is available here.

  • Bukansai – Festival of Japanese Popular Culture, Kendal, Cumbria, UK (July 8-15, 2012)  

The Brewery Arts Centre is holding a Festival of Japanese Popular Culture, running a wide range of events from workshops to masterclasses. See my post or download the full programme (.pdf file).

  • 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away, Japan, 2010), July 10, 2012, London, UK  

The Prince Charles Cinema is screening Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi as part of its Classic Films SeasonDetails are here. It’s not indicated whether the screening is dubbed or subtitled, but it’s at 8:45 p.m., so there is a chance for the latter!

  • Hong Kong 15, London, UK (from July 2 -14, 2012) 

Terracotta is organising a festival of Hong Kong films to celebrate “establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1997”. You can read the press release here, details on the festival and the 15 films on the programme can be found on HK15 website.

East End Film Festival: All Eyes East, London, UK (3-8 July)

The annual event is a “multi-platform festival” that includes all kinds of cinematic events (from screenings to masterclasses), with films from Iceland to Uganda to Japan. The full programme is available here.

Japanese highlights:

    • Tsukamoto Shinya films: 「Kotoko」,  (2012), and「鉄男」(Tetsuo 1 and 2, 1989 and 1992 respectively).
    • Cut (Japan/France/USA/South Korea/Turkey, 2011)


「ヒミズ」 (Himizu/Himizu, Japan, 2011) – various locations  

Sono Sion’s Himizu has a few more screenings scheduled. You can see it at the Glasgow Film Theatreon July 1st, 2nd and 4th and at the Riverside Studios in London, on July 4 and 5. Bonus: REVIEW on Otherwhere. 

  • 「ノルウェイの森」 (Noruwei no mori/Norwegian Wood, 2010), Riverside Studios, London (July 4 and 5, 2012)  

The Riverside Studios  aren’t just screening Himizu, but they are doing a Japanese double bill with Noruwei no mori, a film based on Murakami Haruki’s wonderful novel of the same title.

  • 大藍湖 (Da lag hu/Big Blue Lake, Hong Kong, 2011) – (July 6-12, 2012, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK  

UK premiere and several screenings to follow. Details are here. (Remember, if you are in London you can catch this film with a Q&A as part of the HK15 Film Festival, where it screens on July 9.)

  • KCCUK: 2012: Year of 12 Directors – Lee Hyun-seung (이현승), London, UK (every Thursday in July) 

NOTE: It seems the KCCUK changed the original order of the screenings. I don’t know the final schedule for this month at the moment, other than that Siwolae is now screening on July 5. I will update once I know the details. I would guess that the July 26 screening will still be Pooreunsogeum.

그대안의 블루 (Geudaeanui Beulru/The Blue in You, 1992)
네온속으로 노을지다 (Sunset into Neon Lights, 1994)
시월애 (Siwolae/Il Mare, 2000)
푸른 소금 (Pooreunsogeum/Hindsight, 2010) + Q&A with director

The first three are free events (booking required) that screen at the Korean Cultural Centre. The July 26 screening will be held at the Apollo Cinema at Piccadilly Circus. Details on the director and the films (including short synopses and trailers) in this post on Otherwhere.

Mystery mail in Lee Hyun-seung’s 시월애 (Siwolae/Il Mare).

  • Japanese Cinema for Busy People, London, UK (July 4 and 11, 2012) 

There are two more lectures programmed for this series on Japanese film:

July 4: “Collaboration or Exploitation? The Relationship Between Japanese Directors and their Stars”
July 11: “What’s Happening Now in Japanese Cinema?”

Details are available here.

  • Films at the Japanese Embassy, London, UK 

July 17: 「アイキ」 (Aiki, 2002). Free, but book early to avoid disappointment.

  • 「アキラ」 (Akira/Akira, 1988), Gate Cinema Notting Hill, London, UK (July 20 and 21, 2012)  

Screens late night at 11 p.m. on both days. Details here. Plus: REVIEW.