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The film festival season gets into full swing (this month’s cover image should give you a visual impression of the deluge of films coming our way): Raindance continues, the madness of the UK’s biggest film event – the London International Film Festival – descends upon the capital, to be followed by the most comprehensive Im Kwon-Taek season that we have probably ever seen in this country, while J-animation fans get their fix up north at Scotland Loves Anime. Let’s hope we’ll all still be breathing when the month is over!

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

UPDATED: 10/10/2012

Raindance Film Festival, London, UK (September 26-October 7th, 2012)   

London’s biggest and best festival for independent films continues. Japanese films on the programme, some with more than one screening (note: some of these will have screened in September):

Plus shorts:

  • Bite of the Tail (USA/South Korea, 2012 – 9 min) – Directed by Kim Song-e. Info here.
  • The Metamorphosis (South Korea, 2012 – 14 min) – Directed by Yun Ki-nam. Info here. Fantasy/horror. Has some excellent reviews.
  • Yadorigi (Yadorigi – A Village in Portraits, Japan, 2011 – 29 min) – Directed by Iwakawa Eiji. Info here and a trailer.

See separate Raindance post (Part I) for more details and a separate post on the shorts. Also: the official festival website.

Momoiro Sora o: Pink sky in grey.

Terracotta Touring Festival, various UK cities including London, Manchester and Bristol (September & October)    

Films on the programme:

  • 돼지의 왕 (Dae gi eui wang/The King of Pigs, South Korea, 2011) – Directed by Yeun Sang-ho. Animated film.
  • 「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.
  • 「キツツキと雨」 (Kitsutsuki to Ame/The Woodsman and the Rain, Japan, 2012) – Directed by Okita Shuichi. Highly recommend. You can read my review here.
  • 歸來的人 (Return to Burma, Myanmar/Taiwan, 2011) – Directed by Midi Z.
  • 마이 웨이 (Mai Wei/My Way, South Korea, 2011) – Directed by Kang Je-gyu.

Official website is here. Separate post on Otherwhere with dates & locations you can peruse here.

KCCUK: 2012: Year of 12 Directors – October: Im Kwon-taek (임권택) 

Director of the month is Im Kwon-taek, with 15 of his films screening in two London cinemas (BFI and ICA). There will be no screenings at the KCCUK itself this month, but films will be showing at the BFI and the ICA.

The London Korean Film Festival should also be taking place in late October/early November, but little info on this just yet.

BFI London International Film Festival (October 10-21, 2012) 


Ai to Makoto: Using a picture of Tsumabuki here just because I can. 🙂

South Korea  

  • 인류멸망보고서 (Inlyumyeolmangbogoseo/Doomsday Book, 2012) – dir. by Kim Jee-Woon and Yim Pil-Sung.
  • 물고기 (Mulgogi/A Fish, 2011) – dir. by Park Hong-Min.
  • 화차 (Hwacha/Helpless, 2012) – dir. by Byun Young-Joo.
  • 다른 나라에서 (Dareun Narayeso/In Another Country, 2012) dir. by Hong Sang-Soo.
  • 범죄와의 전쟁: 나쁜놈들 전성시대 (Bumchoiwaui Junjaeng: Nabbeunnomdeul Jeonsungshidae/Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time) – dir. by Yun Jong-Bin.
  • 로맨스 조 (Romaenseu Jo/Romance Joe, 2012) dir. by Lee Kwang-Kuk.
  • Beautiful 2012 (2012) – Kim Tae-yong contributes a short.


  • 10加10 (Shi jia shi/10 + 10, 2011) – Twenty shorts from Taiwan’s top directors

Hong Kong 


See post here for details.

Scotland Loves Anime (Glasgow – Oct 12-14, Edinburgh – Oct 19-21)  

Not everything happens in London, but some film festival awesomeness is reserved for other parts of the UK as well – and the annual Scotland Loves Anime, now its third rendition, is a prime example.

Pre-Festival Anime Screenings:


  • 7 Oct:「獣兵衛忍風帖」 (Jūbē Ninpūchō/Ninja Scroll, Japan, 1993).


  • 15 Oct: Anime Shorts (90 mins runtime) – Not much information is given in terms of which shorts will be shown, except for 「東京マーブルチョコレート」(Tōkyō Māburu Chokorēto/Tokyo Marble Chocolate, Japan, 2007), episodes 1 and 2, a collaborative project between Production I.G and BMG Japan to commemorate their 20th anniversaries.
  • 16 Oct: 「逆転裁判 蘇る逆転」 (Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten/Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney, Japan, 2012).
  • 17 Oct: 「コクリコ坂から」(Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, Japan, 2011) – Studio Ghibli’s latest, directed by Miyazaki Goro. REVIEW on Otherwhere.

Narimiya Hiroki looking ace indeed.


  • 「ベルセルク」 (Beserk/Beserk, Japan, 2012) – Film 1 「黄金時代篇Ⅰ 覇王の卵」 (Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago/The Golden Age Arc: The Egg of the King)
  • 「獣兵衛忍風帖」 (Jūbē Ninpūchō/Ninja Scroll, Japan, 1993)
  • 「劇場版 BLOOD-C The Last Dark」(Blood-C The Last Dark, Japan, 2012)
  • 「放課後ミッドナイターズ」 (Hōkago Midnighters/After School Midnighters, Japan, 2012) – REVIEW on Otherwhere.
  • Anime Mirai Project – four Japanese shorts from 2012 by different directors:「ぷかぷかジュジュ」(Pukapuka Juju/Juju the Weightless Dugong; 「しらんぷり」(Shiran Puri/Pretending not to See),「わすれなぐも」 (Wasurenagumo/Li’l Spider Girl) and 「BUTA」(Buta/Buta).
  • 「けいおん!」(K-On!/K-On!, Japan, 2012)
  • 「ギョ」(Gyo/Gyo – Tokyo Fish Attack, Japan, 2012)
  • 「逆転裁判 蘇る逆転」 (Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten/Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney, Japan, 2012)


The same as in Glasgow, minus K-On!Gyo and Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten (the last however screens as part of the pre-festival programme).  There are however some additional films to be seen only in Edinburgh:

  • 「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki/The Wolf Children Rain and Snow, Japan, 2012) – Note: I will be watching this at the BFI Festival and will do my best to get the review done before it screens in Edinburgh.
  • 「ねらわれた学園」 (Nerawareta Gakuen, Japan, 2012)
  • Beserk Film 2 「黄金時代篇Ⅱ ドルドレイ攻略」 (Ōgon Jidai-Hen II: Doldrey Kōryaku/The Golden Age Arc: The Battle for Doldrey)

For more details (trailers, synopses, etc.) go to my Scotland Love Anime posts on Otherwhere here (festival screenings) and here (pre-festival screenings). Hope this wasn’t too confusing!

Wolf family (appearing human here): Ookami no Kodomo.

Halloween Film Night, Asian Movies Meetup, London, UK (Oct 29, 2012) 

It’s a surprise film for Halloween – which probably means something from the horror/terror genre. As always, at the Roxy Bar and Screen. Sign up for Asian Movies Meetup to get the details and learn about future events. There is also a Facebook page.

Films at the Japanese Embassy, London, UK (TBA)    

Normally screens on the last Wednesday of the month. Details to be announced.

London International Animation Festival, London, UK (October 15-November 4, 2012) 

There will be quite a few Japanese offerings at this festival. You can already browse the rather overwhelming programme, I will be adding a separate post on the event soon.

Non-Film Events   

  • Oct 6: Japan Matsuri – London Japan Festival. Website here.
  • Oct 21: Taiwan Food Fete in London. Details on Facebook page.

If you made it till the end of this post, raise your hand and be counted! The crazy bunny salutes you.