April, April… this year is flying by… I would rather not think about it though. Instead, let’s just see what April has in store for us, film-wise mostly but also otherwise as there are some exciting events at the London Book Fair and elsewhere too.
Note: As always, I’ll update this post if I hear about any other events.
Last updated: 17/4/2013
It’s finally here: The world’s first stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s 「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke). The Whole Hog Theatre is in charge and everyone’s super-excited. The event long sold out (both the April and the June performances), I’m merely listing it for the sake of completeness here. You can refer to my on-going posts about the performance (see Bonus Bits at the bottom of the post).
Moon So-ri, one of the KCCUK’s Year of Four Actors stars, is coming to town with her film Hahaha. It’s the final screening spotlighting her, as we will then move on to the next Korean actors, Jeon Do-yeon, as part of the event.
- April 4: 하하하 (Hahaha, 2010) & Moon So-ri Q&A – Dir. by the great Hong Sang-soo.
- April 11: 내 마음의 풍금 (Nae Maeumui Punggeum/The Harmonium in My Memory, 1999) – Dir. by Lee Youngjae (showcasing the actress Jeon Do-yeon).
It’s not just Moon So-ri that will be in London on the night of April 4th, but also Kamiyama Kenji, the director of「009 Re: Cyborg」, which will have a preview followed by a Q&A at the BFI. 「サイボーグ 009」 (Saibōgu Zero-Zero-Nain/Cyborg 009) started as a manga in 1964 and has been transferred to the screen a number of times, this latest 2012 instalment coming from the guy who also brought us several「攻殻機動隊」(Kōkakukidōtai/Ghost in the Shell) sequels (「Stand Alone Complex」, 「S.A.C 2nd Gig」 and 「S.A.C. Solid State Society」) as well as 「東のエデン」 /Higashi no Eden/Eden of the East.)
The event has nearly sold out, so if you want to go, better get your ticket quick.
Couleur de peau: miel (Approved for Adoption, Belgium/France/South Korea/Switzerland, 2012), Leeds Young People Film Festival, Leeds, UK (April 4, 2013)
I really hope that this film makes it to London one day, because this autobiographical half-animated tale about a Korean boy adopted by Belgian parents sounds fascinating and look gorgeous. It’s directed by Laurent Boileau and animated by Jung, the adoptee whose real-life story this is.
For details, refer to my separate post on the festival.
Double, or rather, quadruple treat (two events, four films) at the Prince Charles Cinema:
- April 6: 「天空の城ラピュタ」 (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta/Laputa Castle in the Sky, 1986) +
「火垂るの墓」 (Hotaru no Haka/Grave of the Fireflies, 1988)「ハウルの動く城」 (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004)*
- April 28:
「となりのトトロ」 (Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro, 1988)「千と千尋の神隠し」 (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away, 2001) +「魔女の宅急便」 (Majo no Takkyūbin/Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989)
The good news (IMO 🙂 ) is that all screenings are subtitled. You can book here.
*Update: Some changes in the films screening due to a forthcoming home media re-lease of Hotaru no Haka and Tonari no Totoro.
Yeah, we all ♥ those epic Prince Charles Cinema Double Bills. (Side note: once I showed the cinema to friend visiting London and he said, “But they only screen old stuff”. I had to tell him that is precisely why the PCC rocks!)
USAmerican-made but Korean directed by Kim So-young, whose films are never to be missed. The BFI is well aware of this fact and has scheduled thirteen screenings during the month of April. Paul Dano (always wonderful) stars as a soon-to-be divorced rock musician that has never been a father to his six-year-old daughter.
Park Chan-wook’s Stoker is still showing at some UK cinemas, including at the Prince Charles in London from April 7 – 11 (may extend). Check for details here.
More anime treats: the Deptford Film Club will be screening Shinkai Makoto’s 「秒速5センチメートル」 (Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru/5 cm per Second, Japan, 2007) and Imaishi Hiroyuki’s「デッド リーブス」 (Deddo Rībusu/Dead Leaves, Japan, 2004). I only know Shinkai’s film, which I of course recommend. Details here.
This event doesn’t take place in the UK, but in Ireland. However, the programme is too fabulous and the location too close for me not to mention it here. Quite a large selection of recent Japanese films will be screening, including some that are still awaiting a release in the UK:
- 「コクリコ坂から」 (Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, Japan, 2011) – REVIEW
- 「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki/Wolf Children, Japan, 2012)
- 「聴こえてる、ふりをしただけ」 (Kikoeteru, Furi wo Sita Dake/Just Pretended to Hear, Japan, 2011)
- 「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) and 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)
- 「マイ バック ページ」 (Mai bakku pēji/My Back Page, Japan, 2011)
- 「００９Re: Cyborg」(Japan, 2012)
- 「逆転裁判 蘇る逆転」 (Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten/Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney, Japan, 2012)
- 「レンタネコ」 (Rentaneko/Rent-a-Neko, Japan, 2012)
- 「八日目の蝉」 (Youkame no Semi/Rebirth, 2011)
- 「キツツキと雨」 (Kitsutsuki to Ame/The Woodsman and the Rain, Japan, 2011) – REVIEW
- 「テルマエ・ロマエ」 (Thermae Romae, Japan, 2012)
- Nagisa Oshima: The Man Who Left His Soul on Film (UK, 1983)
The films will all screen at the Light House Cinema. Anyone else feeling like hopping over to the Emerald Isle for a few days?
UPDATED 8/4/2013: I’ve just found out that the festival will travel across Ireland. You can find the full listings for other cities (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford) here.
The Bradford International Film Festival returns, with a few bits of cinematic Asiana on the programme:
- Tokyo Waka (USA/Japan, 2012, dir. by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson)
- Last Night (South Korea, 2012, dir. by Bae Du-ri, 16 min short)
- 《美姐》(Měi jie/The Love Songs of Tiedan, China, 2012, dir. by Hao Jie)
I hope I’m not giving anything too much away here, but Hǎiyáng Tiāntáng will be screening at the Asian Movies Meet Up this month. The organisers don’t explicitly name the film on their event page, but using keywords from the synopsis provided I’m pretty certain that it’s Hǎiyáng Tiāntáng.
The event is free of charge, with a quiz (prizes!) preceding the screening. More information here.
The Korean Cultural Centre is hosting a Korean literature evening with Ch’oe Yun and Jung Young Moon. Grace Koh (SOAS) will be chairing. The event is free, but places must be reserved in advance.
The London Book Fair has a number of Asia-related events this year, including a talk on the Korean Publishing Market (Korea will be the featured country of next year’s LBF) and a discussion panel on Translation Flows in East Asia. Based on the panelists invited, we will definitely hear about Japan, Singapore and Korea (Deborah Smith, whom you can follow on Twitter via @londonkoreanist, will represent the Korean situation).
I didn’t notice this was on the programme at the Prince Charles Cinema this month – perhaps it was a late addition? I have only watched the first film, but, boy, don’t miss this double bill!
- 「攻殻機動隊」 (Gōsuto In Za Sheru/Kōkaku Kidōtai/Ghost in the Shell, Japan, 1995) – REVIEW.
- 「イノセンス」 (Inosensu/Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Japan, 2005)
More info here.
UPDATE 8/4/2013「修羅雪姫」 (Shura Yuki Hime/Lady Snowblood, Japan, 1973) Terracotta Film Club, Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK (April 24, 2013)
Trailer on YouTube. Dir. by Fujita Toshiya. Based on a manga by Koike Kazuo and Kamimura Kazuo, Shura Yuki Hime is “a blood spattered Samurai masterpiece from the golden age of Japanese cult cinema” (quote) and apparently inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill! Shura Yuki Hime has a sequel too (not screened at this event), and you can read a review of both films here. If, for some reason, you can’t make the screening and/or want to see part 2, Arrow Films UK has a DVD and Blu-ray releases for both films.
An on-going project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Translating China will host a free (RSVP required) day-long event on Archiving: China in Britain at Westminster University. (Note: click on event #5 on the website to find out details).
The April choice for the monthly Films at the Embassy of Japan event is Happī Furaito (dir. by Yaguchi Shinobu). As always, the screening is free but you must reserve a seat in advance (here). Book early, spaces tend to fill up quickly.