The Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, the children’s offshoot of the regular festival, released its programme yesterday. The festival runs from March 25 until April 5 and tickets are fairly cheap (£2 for under-19, £5/£4 for adults), so if you live in the area, treat yourself. There are a few films from Japan & Korea:
- March 29:「となりのトトロ」 (Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbour Totoro, Japan, 1988)
It’s been twenty-five years since Studio Ghibli’s Tonari no Totoro came alive on screens and enchanted not just Japan, but the world. The Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is marking this anniversary with a screening. More details here. I would presume it’s the dubbed version that is being shown.
- March 30: 「ホッタラケの島 〜遥と魔法の鏡〜」 (Hottarake no Shima: Haruka to Mahō no Kagami/Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Japan, 2009)
Tonari no Totoro is not the only J-animation on the programme either – there is also Hottarake no Shima. I saw this one at the biennial BFI Anime Showcase last summer and reviewed it here. It’s not the most original tale, but kids are sure to enjoy it. Synopsis and ticket booking here.
- March 30: 「ベルセルク」 (Beserk/Beserk, Japan, 2012) – 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)
And one more: the second film of the Beserk series, which also was on the regular edition of the Leeds Film Festival. More here.
April 4: Couleur de peau: miel (Approved for Adoption, Belgium/France/South Korea/Switzerland, 2012) – Dir. by Laurent Boileau, animated by Jung.
The film I would be most interested in seeing, however, is Couleur de peau: miel, which is an “animated autobiography about South Korean graphic artist Jung” (quote), who was adopted by a Belgian family and grew up without ever visiting his native country. Interspersed into the animation is footage from home videos as well as recordings from when Jung travelled to South Korea for the first time – at age 42. It looks gorgeous (the animation is by Jung himself) and sounds fascinating.
The film is based on Jung’s own graphic memoir by the way – gotta track down a copy of this, because I just love the art!
More info on the screening can be found here.
This is unrelated to the festival, but as I was googling for Totoro images I stumbled across some fun Totoro stuff, including this soba-Totoro (gonna have to make that one!):
and a Totoro-bed:
Hehehe. Not sure I would want that in my bedroom, but if any anime character was ever going to be made into a bed, it would of course be Totoro.