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January 2014 Events header

It’s the first day of 2014 and I’ll start with an Events post, after having to give December a miss. Not all that much is happening this month – in part, because no details have yet been released on a several possible screenings (Asian Movies Meet Up, Korean Film Nights, Terracotta Film Club, Films at the Embassy of Japan). The only one that I’m fairly sure that will happen is the Asian Movies Meet Up, as I recall the organisers skipped December but announced that the event would be back in January. No word meanwhile on what kind of film screenings the KCCUK will be organising this year. It’s probably unlikely that after the Year of 12 Directors (2012) and the Year of 4 Actors (2013), they will run a special, year-long event series with special guests again, but fingers crossed that we’ll at least be getting the bimonthly Korean Film Nights back. I’m not sure about the Terracotta Film Club either (it’s permanent link seems to have disappeared from the Prince Charles Cinema website) and the Films at the Embassy of Japan have always been rather irregular.

Fortunately, there are events that have been confirmed and we can already also look forward to February as the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will kick off at the last day of this month.

Last updated: 6/1/2014


Studio Ghibli Thursdays, Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK (Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2014) Sophie, in search of Howl.

The Prince Charles Cinema is having Studio Ghibli Thursdays all January long – lots of animated treats for us!

  • Jan 2: 「魔女の宅急便」 (Majo no Takkyūbin/Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989)
  • Jan 9: 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away, 2001)
  • Jan 16: 「天空の城ラピュタ」 (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta/Laputa Castle in the Sky, 1986)
  • Jan 23: 「もののけ姫」 (Mononoke-hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997)
  • Jan 30: 「ハウルの動く城」 (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004)

「おかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Ōkami no Kodomo Ame to Yuki/Wolf Children, Japan, 2012), Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (January 3-5, 2014) 

Hosoda Mamoru’s wonderful animation is on the programme at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. The screenings are geared at children (at midday, cheaper ticket prices), but they are actually showing the subtitled version. Details here.

「バトル・ロワイアル」(Batoru Rowaiaru/Battle Royale, Japan, 2000), Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK  

Batoru Rowaiaru is screening at the PCC as part of their Classic Film Season. Tickets here.

「猫の恩返し」 (Neko no Ongaeshi/The Cat Returns, Japan, 2002), Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland (January 11, 2014) 

The Glagow Film Theatre is having a special screening of Neko no Ongaeshi. I believe this is a kid-friendly screening and most likely dubbed. Neko no Ongaeshi isn’t my favourite Studio Ghibli film, although it’s not bad either – just not particularly original (see my REVIEW).

「バレット・バレエ」 (Baretto Barē/Bullet Ballet, Japan, 1998), Satori Screening, Derby Quad, Derby, UK (January 17, 2014) bullet ballet

The Satori Screening in January is Tsukamoto Shinya’s Baretto Barē. If you are not in Derby, despair not, Third Window Films has just released it on Blu-ray and DVD.

Japan Foundation Film Screenings, London, UK (January 16–18, 2014) 

Ahead of their annual touring film programme, the Japan Foundation will be showing four films in January – attendance is free, but reservations are required. The film are as follows:

  • 「エクレール~お菓子放浪記」(Okashi Hourouki/Eclair, Japan, 2011)
  • ロボジー」 (Robo Ji/Robo-G, Japan, 2012)
  • 「ほしのこえ」(Hoshi no Koe/Voices of a Distant Star, 2003)
  • 「クレヨンしんちゃん 嵐を呼ぶ モーレツ!オトナ帝国の逆襲」(Kureyon Shinchan: Arashi o Yobu: Mōretsu! Otona Teikoku no Gyakushū/Crayon Shin-chan: The Adult Empire Strikes Back, Japan, 2001)

Refer to my separate post for details on how to reserve a seat.

Asian Movies Meetup, Jetlag Bar, London, UK (January 20, 2014)

The date is set for January 20th, the film has yet to be announced.

「ハフ」(Hafu/Hafu, Japan, 2013) and Q&A with producer Lara Perez Takagi, Birkbeck Cinema, London, UK (24 January 2014)


Free, but registration required here.

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, various UK locations (January 31-March 27, 2014) 

The annual Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme kicks off on the last day of January with「カラフル」(Karafuru/Colorful, 2010). See my separate post for details on the full programme, with films screening in various UK cities until the end of March.

「バレット・バレエ」 (Baretto Barē/Bullet Ballet, Japan, 1998), Terracotta Film Club, Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK (Jan 29, 2014)  

The Terracotta Film Club will be screening a recent Third Window Films release. You can book here.

Korean Film Nights, KCCUK, London UK (TBA) 

The Year of Four Actors finished in 2013, hopefully something similar will be organised at the Korean Cultural Centre for 2014 – fingers crossed for more Korean Film Nights.

Films at the Embassy of Japan, London, UK (TBA) 

Details have yet to be announced. As most of the time, I would expect a surprise film.


  • Jan 6, 2014: 돈의 맛 (Donui Mat/The Taste of Money, South Korea, 2012) – Dir. by Im Sang-soo. Home media release via Arrow Films.
  • Jan 13, 2014: 「009 Re: Cyborg」(009 Re: Cyborg, Japan, 2013) on DVD and Blu-ray via Anime Limited.
  • Jan 27, 2014: 남자 사용설명서  (Namja Sayongseolmyungseo/How to Use Guys with Secret Tips, South Korea, 2013) – Dir. by Lee Won-suk. Home media release via Third Window Films.


Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme Talks, London, UK (Jan 13 and Jan 29, 2014) 

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme includes two special events:

  • Jan 13: Panel discussion on Japanase Film and Its Industry
  • Jan 29: Film seminar on Youth in Japanese Cinema and Beyond

Again, refer to my special post on the Touring Film Programme for details.