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Last updated: 7/8/2012

I am away in India all this month, so you will have to enjoy these screenings for me. Apologies for the post being a day late – it does mean some events are over already – but airplanes still are lacking behind in offering internet services (heck, didn’t I even have a power point at my seat!).

There doesn’t seem to be all that much on at the moment. I guess the Olympics are entertainment enough? But I think this bit of ‘cinematic quiet’ is not all that bad as September and especially October will bring a deluge of film festivals, including some of the UK’s biggest.

UPDATE 2/8/2012: Might have to eat my own words – at least for fans of terror and horror, all kinds of things are being screened.

Note: This page will be updated as more information becomes available. If you see anything I have missed, do alert me to it!

  • ヒミズ」 (Himizu/Himizu, Japan, 2011), August 1 and 2, 2012 – Eden Court, Inverness, UK  

Himizu is having two one-off screenings in Scotland at Eden Court. Go see it! It’s worth watching on the big screen. REVIEW on Otherwhereif you need more convincing.

  • Anime on Film 4, UK-wide  

Film 4 is showing three animations this week:

Aug 1, 2012: 「崖の上のポニョ」 (Gake no Ue no Ponyo/Ponyo, 2008) – Studio Ghibli, directed by Miyazaki Hayao. Miyazaki’s most recent film.
Aug 2, 2012: 「海がきこえる」 (Umi ga Kikoeru/Ocean Waves, 1993) – Studio Ghibli, directed by Mochizuki Tomomi. One of Studio Ghibli’s older and lesser seen films. Screens at 11 a.m with subtitles. I didn’t like it all that much, but others have enjoyed it. Theowne rates it 4/5 in his review over at Omohide.
Aug 3, 2012: 「パプリカ」 (Papurika/Paprika, 2006) – directed by Kon Satoshi. One of the late Kon’s masterpieces. Screens at 11:10 p.m. on Film4, with subtitles. Haven’t watched this. Absolutely want to see it.

One of Studio Ghibli’s lesser known films: 「海がきこえる」 (Umi ga Kikoeru/Ocean Waves, 1993).

  • 청춘의 십자로 (Cheongchunui shibjaro/Crossroads of Youth, South Korea, 1934), August 2, 2012 – The Barbican, London, UK  

Performance/screening of Korea’s oldest surviving silent film with live musical accompaniment. I’ve reviewed Cheongchunui shipjaro here and highly recommend it. It is really an event not to be missed! More details and ticket booking at the Barbican website.

  • 金陵十三釵 (Jīnlíng Shísān Chāi/Flowers of War, China, 2011), UK 

Jīnlíng Shísān Chāi is released in UK cinemas on August 3. See filmdates.co.uk. In London the Empire Cinema on Leicester Square will be showing this, possibly others.

  • 桃姐 (Táo Jiě/A Simple Life, Hong Kong, 2010), UK  

Táo Jiě is released in UK cinemas on August 3. See filmdates.co.uk. London Cinemas include: ODEON Covent Garden, Curzon Renoir, HMVCurzon and Greenwich Picturehouse. Go see it on the opening weekend – it will help keep Asian films in UK cinemas! REVIEW on Otherwhere.

  • Studio Ghibli in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, various dates  

Aug 5 onward (cinematic release): 「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」 (Karigurashi no Arrietty/Arrietty, 2010). REVIEW on Otherwhere.
Aug 6: 「崖の上のポニョ 」(Gake no Ue no Ponyo/Ponyo, 2008) – dubbed.
Aug 7: 「崖の上のポニョ」(Gake no Ue no Ponyo/Ponyo, 2008) – subtitled.
Aug 13: 「ハウルの動く城」 (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004) – dubbed.
Aug 14: 「ハウルの動く城」 (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004) – subtitled.
Aug 20: 「もののけ姫」 (Mononoke-hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) – dubbed.
August 21: 「もののけ姫」 (Mononoke-hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) – subtitled.

Both Hauru no Ugoku Shiro and Mononoke-hime are two of my favourite Studio Ghibli films. Highly recommend them.

Details on the website of the Tyneside Cinema.

Never pass up an opportunity to post another picture of Howl (looking awesomely fierce here).

  • KCCUK: 2012: Year of 12 Directors – August: Lee Yoon-ki (이윤기), London, UK (every Thursday in August) 

9th: 여자, 정혜 (Yeoja, Jeonghye/This Charming Girl, 2004)
16th: 러브토크 (Leobeutokeu/Love Talk, 2005)
23rd: 멋진 하루 (Meotjin Haroo/My Dear Enemy, 2008)
30th: 사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다 (Saranghanda, Saranghaji Anhneunda/Come Rain Come Shine, 2011) + Q&A with director

The first three are free events (booking required) that screen at the Korean Cultural Centre. The August 30 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.

  • Asian Movies Meetup, London, UK (August 13, 2012) 

Adam Torel of Third Window Films will present his favourite film of all time – be surprised! Details here.

  • 「水の中の八月」 (Mizu no Naka no Hachigatsu/August in the Water aka Fishes in the Water, Japan, 1995), Films at the Japanese Embassy, London, UK (August 22, 2012)    

Film Clip (4:25 min) – not subtitled

Directed by Ishii Gakuryū (formerly Ishii Sōgo), who is known for his sometimes outlandish subject matter as well as visuals – he sounds like a rather interesting director really. A real pity I’m missing this screening as I doubt his work will be all that easy to track down.

Synopsis: “One summer there is both a drought and the spread of a mysterious illness. On her big day, Izumi, a champion high diver, makes a mistake on her last dive and sinks to the bottom of the pool. Hovering for a time between life and death, she makes a miraculous recovery, but has somehow changed. ‘Everything looks new,’ she says and sets off for Mount Miko, the local water source, where she finds a mysterious stone that perfectly matches the design Izumi had once absent-mindedly sketched. This fantasy film provides a curious mix of Japanese animism, New Age spirituality, and science fiction that in the end centers on how a teen-age girl comes to understand her place in the universe.”

Details and booking here.

  • Triple Creature Double Feature, London, UK (August 22, 2012) 

Zipangu Fest and Cigarette Burns Cinema present a “Triple Creature Double Feature” with 「キングコング対ゴジラ」 (Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira/King Kong vs. Godzilla, Japan, 1962) and「マタンゴ」(Matango/Matango, Fungus of Terror, Japan, 1963). There is a Facebook page for this one-off “monstrous retro kaiju“-special.

Battle of monsters.

  • Film4 Fright Fest Season on Film4 (August 15-27, 2012) and FrightFest the 13th, Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London, UK (August 23-27, 2012)    

I’m can’t say entirely sure about this because the websites I’ve consulted are confusing and not very user-friendly (a big pet peeve of mine). Maybe I’m just disoriented by the black screen which I never find very navigable and clear, BUT it seems that there is a Fright Fest in the Empire Cinema on Leicester Square, which is further complemented and celebrated on TV. Particularly the latter is showing a lot of love to J and K-horror, so fans of gory galore should get their fill.

Film4 Programme:

Aug 16: 박쥐 (Bakjwi/Thirst, South Korea, 2009)
Aug 18: 헨젤과 그레텔 (Henjelgwa Geulete/Hansel & Gretel, South Korea, 2007)
Aug 19: 「告白」 (Kokuhaku/Confessions, Japan, 2010) – This is the only film on the programme I have seen. I would classify it more a psychological thriller – enjoyed it rather a lot, the friend I watched it with didn’t like it that much at all (but doesn’t usually watch J-films).
Aug 22: 「オーディション」 (Ōdishon/Audition, Japan, 1999) – Genkinahito, who is much happier watching horror than I am, has a REVIEW.
Aug 23: 마더 (Madeo/Mother, South Korea, 2009)
Aug 27: 「呪怨2」 (Juon2/The Grudge 2, Japan, 2003)


Aug 26: 「デッド寿司」 (Deddo sushi/Dead Sushi, Japan, 2012)

If I missed something, I’m sorry, but those webpages just are very confusing!

Terror of the Mind: Kokuhaku.

  • 쩨쩨한 로맨스 (Jjejjehan Lomaenseu/Petty Romance, South Korea, 2011), Genesis Cinema, London, UK (August 30, 2012)  

The Genesis Cinema at Mile End (East London) will screen Jjejjehan Lomaenseu as part of its Auteurnative Aug/Sept programme. Exact details to follow on their website. More about the film on hancinema.net and a trailer on YouTube.