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October madness is here. Seriously, mentally prepare yourself for this – I thought I would never finish writing this post!

Last updated: 7/10/2013


Raindance Film Festival, London, UK (September 25-October 6, 2013)cn

Europe’s biggest indie film continues in October, with more Japanese films (plus one Chinese one) still on the programme:

  • Oct 1 and 2: A2-B-C (Japan, 2012) – Dir. by Ian Thomas Ash.
  • Oct 2 and 4:「桐島、部活やめるってよ」(Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo/The Kirishima Thing, Japan, 2012) – Dir. by Yoshida Daihachi. REVIEW (9/10).
  • Oct 3: Sake-BOMB (Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Sakino Junya.
  • Oct 3 and 5:「かしこい狗は、吠えずに笑う」 (Kashkoi Inu wa Hoezuni Warau/Shady, Japan, 2012) – Dir. by Watanabe Ryohei.
  • Oct 4:「震动」(Shindo/Shindo – The Beat Knocks Her World, Japan, 2012) – Dir. by  Hirano Asami. REVIEW (7/10).
  • Oct 5:「風切羽」(Kazakiriba/Remiges, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Ozawa Masato.
  • Oct 6: 《翡羅彌諾浮彼亞》(Fěi luó mí nuò fú bǐ yà/Philomirrophobia, China, 2013) – Dir. by Yuke.

Full details (trailers & synopses) on my Japan at Raindance post.

「るろうに剣心」 (Rurōnikenshin/Rurouni Kenshin, Japan, 2012), UK cinemas (October 4, 2013), UK 

Dir. by Ōtomo Keishi. The live-action movie will be released in selected UK cinemas by Warner Bros. Given that this film didn’t screen at any festival in the UK yet at all, this is exciting news!

「鉄コン筋クリート」 (Tekkonkinkurīto/Tekkon Kinkreet, Japan, 2006), Barbican, London, UK (October 9, 2013)jp


A must-watch anime comes to the Barbican – I had it on a Trailer Weekly some time ago. Book here.

London Film Festival, London, UK (October 9-20, 2013) jptwcnsghk

The big one. Which screens lots of films from all over, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong. I’ve listed them all, with trailers and synopses, in a separate post.

올드보이 (Oldeuboi/Oldboy, South Korea, 2003), London, UK (October 10, 2013) 

The Prince Charles Cinema is one of two places where you can watch Park Chan-wook’s famous Oldboy this month. Book here.

Ha Jung-woo, Year of 4 Actors, Korean Film Night, KCCUK, London, UK (October 10 and ? 2013) 

New actor focus as the Year of 4 Actors continues with Ha Jung-woo. As always, Korean Film Nights are free, but seats must be reserved in advance here.

  • October 10: 용서받지 못한 자 (Yongseobadji mothan ja/The Unforgiven, 2005)
  • October 24?: TBA.

《金門銀光夢 》(Jīnmén yín guāng mèng/Golden Gate Girls, Hong Kong, 2013), Chinese Film Forum, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (October 11, 2013) hk

The Chinese Film Forum is screening two films at the Cornerhouse in Manchester this month. This is one of them. More details here.

Sci-Fi London, London, UK (October 12, 2013) jp

Sci-Fi London has two Japanese events on: the Anime All Nighter and a Tuskamoto Shinya Horror Double bill.

  • Anime All Nighter: To watch through the night: Hosoda Mamoru’s「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」(Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki/Wolf Children), 「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版: 序」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Jo/Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Japan, 2007), 「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版: 破」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Ha/Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Japan, 2009), 「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū/Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Japan, 2012) and Kon Satoshi’s「パーフェクトブルー」(Pāfekuto Burū/Perfect Blue, Japan, 1997). Details here.
  • Tsukamoto Shinya Horror Double Bill: 「鉄男: Tetsuo」(Tetsuo/Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Japan, 1989) and 「東京フィスト」(Tōkyō fisuto/Tokyo Fist, Japan, 1995). Book here.

Ufo in Her Eyes (China, 2011), Chinese Film Forum, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (October 13, 2013) cn

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Guo Xiaolu’s film about a worker who sees a UFO hover over her little town in the countryside. She tells her fellow villagers, her sighting changing the place forever in ways no one expected. More information here.

「そして父になる」 (Soshite Chichi ni Naru/Like Father, Like Son, Japan, 2013), UK cinemas(October 18, 2013) 

Dir. by Koreeda Hirokazu. Release in select UK cinemas by Arrow films. DVD/Blu-ray release is likely to follow at some point after that.

Updated: Secret Hong Kong Movie, Asian Movies Meetup, London, UK (October 14 2013) hk

No title, but we’ve been given a date (October 14), a country of origin (Hong Kong) and some clues (“arty gangster”). Details are here.

올드보이 (Oldeuboi/Oldboy, South Korea, 2003) Satori Screen, Derby Quad, Derby, UK (October 18, 2013) 

The Satori Screen is showing a Park Chan-wook film this month. Book here.

Scotland Loves Anime, Glasgow, UK (October 11-13, 2013) and Edinburgh, UK (October 14-20, 2013)

Anime heaven in the north of the UK as every year Scotland Loves Anime treats us to lots of Japanese animation gems. See my separate post for details.

Glasgow programme:

  • 「雲のむこう、約束の場所」 (Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho/The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 2004) – Dir. by Shinkai Makoto.
  • 「グスコーブドリの伝記」 (Gusukōbudori no denki/The Life of Guskou Budori, Japan, 2012)
  • 「劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影-ファントム・ルージュ」(Gekijō-ban HUNTER×HUNTER Hiiro no Genei -Fantomu Rūju/Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Sato Yuzo.
  • 「サカサマのパテマ」 (Sakasama no Patema/Patema Inverted, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Yoshiura Yasuhiro
  • Mystery Film
  • 「伏 鉄砲娘の捕物帳」(Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō/Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story, Japan, 2012)
  • 「パーフェクト・ブルー」 (Pāfekuto burū/Perfect Blue, Japan, 1998) – Dir. by Kon Satoshi.
  • 「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū/Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Japan, 2012)

Edinburgh Programme:

  • 「ハル」(Haru/Hal, Japan, 2013) and Mystery OVA
  • 「シュタインズ・ゲート」(Shutainzu Gēto/Stein’s Gate, Japan, 2013)
  • 「AURA ~魔竜院光牙最後の闘い~」(Aura: Maryūin Kōga Saigo no Tatakai/Aura, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Kishi Seiji.
  • 「言の葉の庭」(Kotonoha no Niwa/Garden of Words, Japan, 2013) + Stage Discussion
  • 「グスコーブドリの伝記」 (Gusukōbudori no denki/The Life of Guskou Budori, Japan, 2012)
  • 「サカサマのパテマ」 (Sakasama no Patema/Patema Inverted, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Yoshiura Yasuhiro
  • Mystery Film
  • 「伏 鉄砲娘の捕物帳」 (Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō/Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story, Japan, 2012)
  • Evangelion (Dir. by Anno Hideaki, Tsurumaki Kazuya, Masayuki, Maeda Mahiro), all three parts:

「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Jo/Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Japan, 2007)
「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Ha/Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Japan, 2007)
「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū/Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Japan, 2012)

Shinkai Makoto and Jonathan Clement will also be at the festival. Official festival website is here.

「奇跡」 (Kiseki/I Wish, 2011), Films at the Embassy of Japan, London, UK (October 21, 2013) 

We have not had any films screening at the Embassy of Japan for months, but I’m thrilled to say the event is back! As usual, they’ve got a gem lined up for us: Koreeda Hirokazu’s「奇跡」 (Kiseki/I Wish, 2011). I reviewed the film after I saw it at the London Film Festival two years ago.

Reservations can be made here. Note: the event is free, but usually books out quickly.

Updated: London International Animation Festival, Barbican, London, UK (October 25–November 3, 2013) cn

The London International Animation Festival brings mostly animated shorts to the UK and has clips from Japan, South Korea and China on the programme this year. The official festival website is here, the strands featuring Asiana are linked below. I will still write a separate post on the festival, with the individual shorts listed, I just haven’t gotten round to it yet! Full post on the London International Animation Festival is here, with trailers or full clips where made available by the directors.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Films, ICA, London (October 26, 2013) 

The ICA is, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre, screening the films of multi-disciplinary artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. I’m guessing these are art films, more so than conventional fiction features. More here. Note: you can also visit an exhibition on the artist at the KCCUK (closes on the 26th).

「アキラ」(Akira/Akira, Japan), Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK (October 27, 2013) 

Dir. by Katsuhiro Otomo. Akira seems to screen fairly regularly in London – not a bad thing, it’s certainly worth seeing on the big screen! Details here. And my REVIEW.

Various film screenings, SEA ArtsFest, London, UK (October 16-27, 2013)

A new event that I stumbled across – and almost forgot about. The new SEA ArtsFest – which “champions and develops the work of the artists of South East Asia and those inspired by South East Asia” – runs from October 1 until November 10 and includes all kinds of events (theatre, music, round table discussions, etc.), with South East Asian film screenings commencing on October 16:

  • Oct 16-20: London Indonesian Film Screenings 2013 Film, with the following films: Lovely Man (2011, dir. by Teddy Soeriaatmadja), Something in the Way (2013, dir. by Teddy Soeriaatmadja), Parts of the Heart (The Netherlands, 2012, dir. by Paul Agusta), Cita Citaku Setinggi Tanah (Stepping on the Flying Grass, 2012, dir. by Eugene Panji), Mentawai Tattoo Revival (2011, dir. by Rahung Nasution), Vakansi Yang Janggal dan Penyakit Lainnya (Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses, 2012, dir. by Yosep Anggi Noen), Kuldesak (1998, dir. by Nan Achnas, Riri Riza, Mira Lesmana and Rizal Mantovani), 3 Hari Untuk Selamanya (3 Days To Forever, 2007, dir. by Riri Riza), Atambua 39° Celsius (2012, dir.by  Riri Riza)
  • Oct 26-27: SEA Arts Film
  • Oct 26: Le Sommeil d’Or (Golden Slumbers, France/Cambodia, 2011, dir. by Davy Chou), Feature Film Screening
  • Oct 26: Great North Korean Picture Show Feature (Singapore, 2012, dir. by James Leong and Lynn Lee) Film Screening + Directors Q&A
  • Oct 26: World Without Shadow (Malaysia, 2011, dir. by Eng Yow Khoo) Documentary Film Screening
  • Oct 26-27: SEA Arts Shorts Film Screenings
  • Oct 27: Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There, Philippines, 2012) Feature Film Screening
  • Oct 27: Spotlight on Anthony Chen Shorts Screening + Director Q&A (Singapore)

The festival website with all the details is here.

East Winds Film Festival, Coventry, UK (October 31-November 3, 2013) hkcnthvn

We don’t have many details on the East Winds Film Festival just yet (only part of the programme has been announced), films from Hong Kong, China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam will apparently all be shown. I will write a full post once the complete programme is out! Meanwhile, here’s the festival website.

TBA, Terracotta Film Club, Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK (October 2013) 

To be announced.


  • October 14: 「みなさん、さようなら」(Minasang, Sayonara/See You Tomorrow, Everyone, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Nakamura Yoshihiro. Home media release via Third Window Films.
  • Updated: October 14: 피에타 (Pieta/Pieta, South Korea, 2012) – Dir. by Kim Ki-duk. Home release by Optimum Home Entertainment. You can already pre-order, e.g. on Amazon.
  • October 18:「そして父になる」 (Soshite Chichi ni Naru/Like Father, Like Son, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Koreeda Hirokazu. UK cinema release via Arrow Films. (DVD/Blu-ray release is likely to follow at some point after that.)
  • October 28:「ほしのこえ」(Hoshi no Koe/Voices of a Distant Star, 2003) and「雲のむこう、約束の場所」 (Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho/The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 2004) – Dir. by Shinkai Makoto. Blu-ray Twin Pack released via Anime Limited.
  • October 28:「パーフェクトブル」(Pāfekutoburu/Perfect Blue, Japan, 1998) – Dir. by Kon Satoshi. Released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Anime Limited
  • October 28:「映画けいおん!」 (Eiga Keion!/K-On! The Movie, Japan, 2011) – Dir. by Yamada Naoko. DVD/Blu-ray release by Manga Entertainment.


「コクリコ坂から」 (Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, Japan, 2011) (currently available), SkyMovies jp

from up on poppy hill

SkyMovies currently has Miyazaki Goro’s 2011 film available for online watching. I have no idea how this works, but I presume you would need a SkyMovies subscription. My REVIEW.

Japan Matsuri (October 5, 2013), London, UK jp

The annual Japan Festival back, presumably it’ll be bigger and better than ever! Info here.

Asian Films for Online Rental via Filmhouse Player, UK and Ireland jp

Still available for rent via the the Filmhouse Player:

  • 「レンタネコ」(Rent-a-Neko/Rent-a-Cat, Japan, 2012) – Apparently available until November.
  • Io Sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet, Italy/France, 2012) – Not exactly Asian, but with Asian elements… I’m very fond Io Sono Li, so I have to keep recommending it. See my REVIEW.

I think that’s it… if I’ve missed something, let me know!