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The films on the programme have been announced for a while, now we also have some definite stops (London, Bristol, Manchester) and dates (various, in September and October), with more still to be announced  (so I have heard at least).

Official website: www.terracottafestival.com/tour.

Five films from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Myanmar will tour the country – well, England at least. On the programme:

  • 돼지의 왕 (Dae gi eui wang/The King of Pigs, South Korea, 2011) – Directed by Yeun Sang-ho. Animated film.

Bristol: 27 September 2012 at the Watershed
London: 23 October 2012 at Mile End Genesis

Award-winning animation for adults that tells a grim and often violent story of class divisions in South Korea. It starts in the present, when Kyung-min goes bankrupt and, on an impulse, kills his wife. When he seeks out a former classmate, Jong-suk, from middle school, the harrowing truth of an event of 15 years ago slowly emerges.

  • 「生きてるものはいないのか」 (Ikiteru Mono Wa Inai No Ka, literally Are Any of You Alive?, Japan, 2012) – Directed by Ishii Sogo.

Bristol: 25th September 2012 at the Watershed
Manchester: 25 September 2012 at the Cornerhouse
London: 9 October 2012 at Mile End Genesis. Note: Also screens at the Roxy Bar & Screen on September 24 2012 for the monthly Asian Movies Meetup. I’ll review once I’ve seen it.

Based on an absurd play by Maeda Shiro, one student after another starts dying for no reason at all.

In case you don’t live in any of these cities, fear not. Third Window Films will be releasing this film on DVD on Oct 22, 2012.

  • 「キツツキと雨」 (Kitsutsuki to Ame/The Woodsman and the Rain, Japan, 2012) – Directed by Okita Shuichi. 

London: 30 October 2012 at Mile End Genesis

Katsu, a woodman, finds that Koichi, a young, incredibly shy director, and his crew have taken over his town to make a zombie film. He isn’t too pleased about this at first, but soon gets roped into playing a zombie. Hilarious and highly recommend. You can read my review here.

If you don’t live in London, you will be happy to know that Third Window Films will be releasing this. Exact date is not yet available, but it should be early next year.

  • 歸來的人 (Gui lái dí rén/Return to Burma, Myanmar/Taiwan, 2011) – Directed by Midi Z.

Manchester: 19 September 2012 at the Cornerhouse
Bristol: 26 September 2012 at the Watershed
London: 16 October 2012 at Mile End Genesis

Wang Xing-Hing, an immigrant labourer in Taiwan, returns home to Myanmar (Burma) as the country holds the first presidential election after years of military rule. He hopes to stay, but struggles, feeling like a stranger in his own land and experiencing both the challenges and hope of a nation wanting to move forward.

  • 마이 웨이 (Mai Wei/My Way, South Korea, 2011) – Directed by Kang Je-gyu.

Manchester: 22 September 2012 at the Cornerhouse
Bristol: 24 September 2012 at the Watershed
London: 2 October 2012 at Mile End Genesis

Korea’s most expensive film ever explores World War II from a Korean point of view – for the first time. It’s a war epic that brings together an impressive international cast, including Jang Dong-gun (South Korea), Odagiri Joe (Japan) and Fan Bingbing (China). Asian film fans will know who I’m talking about!

Updates to follow when I hear more.

NOTE: Double-check with the cinema about dates. The Genesis Cinema in London actually has the films listed for different dates than the Terracotta website. I’m not certain which ones are correct – I’ll try and find out. Thanks to Captain Banana for alerting me to this!

UPDATE (30/9/12): I confirmed with Terracotta – the correct dates for London (Genesis Mile End Cinema) are the ones on the Genesis website (I corrected the dates above).

Here’s their pretty event poster: