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May 2013 Events Image

May brings Cannes with many exciting film premieres. With the English Channel in our way, we’ll however have to make do with events on this island instead. Luckily, a whole lot is on offer this month, in all corners of the UK – Derby, London, Leicester and even Inverness. You can get a taste of Hong Kong cinema as well as watch quite a number of Japanese olden goldies (directed by Ozu Yasushiro and Kurosawa Akira, among others) at various cinemas and festivals across the country. There is also the Chinese Visual Festival, but nothing Taiwanese this month. Korean films fare a bit better – though only because our beloved Korean Cultural Centre (KCCUK) is, as always, screening two films as part of its Year of 4 Actors Korean Film Nights for year. The good news, however, is that the KCCUK has just launched another film season, Women on Screenwhich commences in May and will run until August, doubling the monthly offering of screenings.

For trailers, click on film titles (where available).

Note: As always, I’ll update this post if I hear about any other events.

Last updated: 6/5/2013


《武俠》 (Wǔ xiá/Wuxia aka Dragon, Hong Kong, 2011), UK-wide (May 3, 2013 onwards) hk

Peter Chan’s Wǔ xiá is being released in select UK cinemas.

Cityscapes Season, Inverness, Scotland, UK (May 2, 9 and 15, 2013) hk

Sparrow: Apparently, something is up with umbrellas.

Wen que: Apparently, something is up with umbrellas in this film.

The Eden Court Cinema in Inverness is screening three films from Hong Kong this month:

  • PTU aka Police Tactical Unit (Hong Kong, 2003) – Dir. by Johnnie To.
  • 《文雀》 (Wen que/Sparrow, Hong Kong, 2008) – Dir. by Johnnie To.
  • 《無間道》 (Wú Jiān Dào/Infernal Affairs, Hong Kong, 2002) – Dir. Andrew Lau and Alan Mak.

More information here.

Sci-Fi London, London, UK (30 April – 6 May, 2013)  mycn

The Sci-Fi London Film Festival brings not-so-realistic stuff from all over the world to London town and includes some Chinese and Japanese offerings:

May 4: Anime All-Nighter

May 4: 《太極之零開始》(Taikyoku no rei kaishi/Tai Chi 0, China, 2012) and 《太極2 英雄崛起》 (Taikyoku 2 eiyū kutsuki/Tai Chi Hero, China, 2013) – Details.
May 4: Nyanco (Japan, 2012) – Dir. by Tsukuda Hikaru. 3 min short that screens as part of Shorts I.
May 6: 「佐渡テンペスト」  (Sado Tempest/ArashiJapan/UK/Hong Kong) – Dir. by John Williams. Details.

You can also refer to my post on the festival.

きつつきと雨」(Kitsutsuki to Ame/The Woodsman and the Rain, Japan, 2011), Japanorama, National Space Centre, Leicester, UK (May 4 and 5, 2013) 

Bonding of the non-sweets eating buddies.

Bonding of the non-sweets eating buddies.

Japanorama is bringing all things Japanese to Leicester for one weekend for “a fun-packed festival of Japanese popular culture, including manga artists, workshops, demonstrations, food and music”. Kitsutsuki to Ame will screen as part of that event. Highly recommended!

Read my REVIEW (9.5/10) and/or get more details on the event here.

Japanese Double Bills, Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK (May 5, 12 and 25, 2013) 

Three times double treats (twice Studio Ghibli, once old Japanese classics) at the Prince Charles Cinema:

  • May 5: 「紅の豚 」(Kurenai no Buta/Porco Rosso, Japan, 1992) and 「平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ」(Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko/Pom Poko, Japan, 2004)
  • May 12: 「蜘蛛巣城」 (Kumonosu-jō/Throne of Blood, Japan, 1957) and 「羅生門」 (Rashōmon/Rashomon, Japan, 1950) – Dir. by Kurosawa Akira.
  • May 25:「耳をすませば」(Mimi o Sumaseba/Whisper of the Heart, Japan, 1995) and 「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke, Japan, 1997)

You can book here (Studio Ghibli double bills) and here (Kurosawa double bill).

Year of 4 Actors, Korean Film Night, KCCUK, London, UK (May 16 and 30, 2013) 

My Dear Enemy

This month actress Jeon Do-yeon continues to be in the spotlight of the KCCUK’s Year of Four Actors:

  • May 16: 멋진 하루 (Meotjin Haroo/My Dear Enemy, 2008) – Dir. by Lee Yoon-ki.
  • May 30: TBA.

You can book your free seat here.

Chinese Visual Arts Festival, London, UK (May 8-June 12, 2013) cn

The Chinese Visual Arts Festival runs again from early May until June. Most events will be taking place from May 24th onwards and the programme includes a good number of films (primarily documentaries, but also other productions). There is simply too much to list here, so hop over to the official festival website.

Women on Screen Season, KCCUK, London, UK (May 9 and 23, 2013) 

More information here.

iD Fest, Derby, UK (May 10 and 11, 2013) 

The iD Fest will be screening several Japanese films:

  • May 10:「秋日和」 (Akibiyori/Late Autumn, Japan, 1960) – Dir. by Ozu Yasushiro. More here.
  • May 10:「愛と誠」(Ai to Makoto/For Love’s Sake, Japan, 2012) – Dir. by Miike Takashi. Much recommended!. See also my REVIEW (9/10). More here.
  • May 10 Blood Will Out Double Bill, featuring「子連れ狼」 (Kozure Ōkami/Shogun Assassin, Japan, 1980) – Dir. by Robert Houston. The second film Carrie. More here.
  • May 11:「東京物語」 (Tōkyō Monogatari/Tokyo Story, Japan, 1953) – Dir. by Ozu Yasushiro. More here.

「東京の宿」 (Tokyo no yado/An Inn in Tokyo, Japan, 1935), BFI, London, UK (May 13 and 16, 2013) 

Dir. by Ozu Yasujiro. Screens as part of the BFI’s Roots of Neorealism season. It’s the director’s last surviving silent picture and the BFI describes it as “[o]ne of Ozu’s most moving 1930 works”. The story: a father and his two sons are searching for work “in the unforgiving climate of Depression-era Japan”.

More details here.

阿飛正傳》 (Āh Fēi Zhèng Zhuàn/Days of Being Wild, Hong Kong, 1990),  Terracotta Film Club, Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK (May 29, 2013) hk

Days of Being Wild

Screens as part of the Terracotta Festival’s In Memory of Leslie Cheung & Anita Mui section. Dir. by Wong Kar-wai. More here.

南極料理人」(Omoshiro Nankyoku Ryurinin/The Chef of South Polar aka Antarctic Chef, Japan, 2009) Films at the Embassy of Japan, London, UK (May 30, 2013)  

An earlier film from Okita Shuichi, who directed the delightful「キツツキと雨」(Kitsutsuki to Ame/The Woodsman and the Rain, 2012).

Free, but must reserve a seat by email. Details here.

Korean Screen Culture Conference, SOAS, London, UK (May 31 – June 1, 2013) 

A 3-day academic conference on Korean Screen Cultures will be held at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London. Details for registration are not yet available, but you can find the website (with contact details) here.

Update 6/5/2013 Asian Movies Meet Up, Roxy Bar & Screen, SE1 1LB London, UK 

There will be no Meet Up in May. June Meet Up details to be announced at the Asian Meet Up page here.


  • 13 May: 돼지의 왕 (Daegieui Wang/King of Pigs, South Korea, 2011) – Animated Film. Dir. by Yeung Sang-ho. Released on DVD by Terracotta. REVIEW – 7.5/10.
  • 27 May: 「奇跡」 (Kiseki/I Wish, Japan, 2011) – Dir. by Koreeda Hirokazu. Released on DVD by Arrow Films. You can pre-order, e.g. via amazon.co.ukREVIEW – 8.5/10.


Comica MangAsia, Asia House, London, UK (May 18, 2013)

Asia House is organising various manga related events on May 18 as part of its Festival of Asian Literature. Details here.