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 Screen, which 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
FILM SCREENINGS, FILM EVENTS & CINEMA RELEASES
《武俠》 (Wǔ xiá/Wuxia aka Dragon, Hong Kong, 2011), UK-wide (May 3, 2013 onwards)
Peter Chan’s Wǔ xiá is being released in select UK cinemas.
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.
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
- 「009 Re: Cyborg Preview」(Japan, 2012) – Dir. by Kamiyama Kenji. Showing in 3D.
- 「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) – Dir. by Kubooka Toshiyuki.
- War of the Worlds: Goliath ((Malaysia, 2012) Dir. by Jose Pearson. Showing in 3D.
- 「ストリートファイター II MOVIE」 (Sutorīto Faitā Tsū Mūbī/Street Fighter II Movie, Japan, 1994) – Dir. by Sugii Gisaburo.
- 「狼男オオカミ」 (Ōkami otoko ōkami/Loups=Garous, Japan, 2010) – Dir. by Fujisaku Junichi.
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/Arashi, Japan/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)
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!
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)
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.
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.
- May 9: 미몽 aka 죽음의 자장가 (Mimong/Sweet Dream aka Lullaby of Death, South Korea, 1936)
- May 23: 자유부인 (Jayu buin/Madam Freedom, South Korea, 1956) – Note: If you are not in London, you can watch Jayu buin via the official YouTube channel of the Korean Film Archive.
More information here.
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.
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)
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.
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.
UK HOME MEDIA RELEASES in MAY
- 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.uk. REVIEW – 8.5/10.
Comica MangAsia, Asia House, London, UK (May 18, 2013)