The KCCUK is once again organising Korean films nights on (at least) a fortnightly basis throughout 2015. While details about the programme and frequency of showings are still scarce, it has been announced that the focus, once again, will be on directors – 2012 already saw a “Year of Directors”, followed by a “Year of Actors” (2013) and a “Year of Film Professionals” (2014). Continue reading
Director: Sunada Mami
Screenplay: Sunada Mami
Cinematography: Sunada Mami
Soundscore: Takagi Masakatsu
Cast: Miyazaki Hayao, Suzuki Toshio, Hideaki Anno
Runtime: 118 min
Distribution: GKIDS (North America), StudioCanal (UK)
Film’s official website: N/a
This piece was originally written as a guest review for easternKicks. It comes as part of easternKicks’s coverage of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, with SDAFF providing access to an online screener (thank you!). In the UK, the documentary will be available on DVD from StudioCanal on December 1, 2014. In the US, it will be released by GKIDS in select cinemas on November 28, 2014 and available for digital download on December 9, 2014.
Given that it has been nearly thirty years since Studio Ghibli, Japan’s probably most famous and, internationally speaking, most successful animation studio, was founded in June 1985, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that there has to date been no feature-length documentary on it. Continue reading
I haven’t been posting lately, for various reasons. I’ve been away in Syros (a lovely little Greek island), where I went for a friend’s wedding, so I was otherwise occupied. Now I’m back, but my internet woes continue, so it’s pretty much impossible for me to post anything involving pictures, let alone a trailer… It’s driving me bonkers, but unfortunately it’s not up to me to fix the problem. But hence, no Trailer Weeklies, no post on the recently released London Film Festival programme or anything else.
Even this post has to be pictureless, because to upload anything would probably take me an hour. Better I get offline, or I’ll start ripping my hair out in frustration.
Language: Japanese, Japanese sign language
Director: Hirano Asami
Soundscore: Mogi Yusuke
Cast: Kawagoishi Sunpei, Kita Kana, Matsunaga Takyua, Kyutaro, Ogawa Gen, Kaneko Yuji, Kondo Maya
Runtime: 74 min
Film’s official website: N/a
Special thanks to Raindance, which provided me with a preview screener of this film. Shindo will be showing at the 21st Raindance Film Festival on October 4.
When Nao closes her eyes, the world is dark and silent, as if being dead. When she opens them, it’s not so different as, being deaf, there is still no sound. There is, however, Haruki, a teenage boy, who has lived in the same care home as Nao for more than a decade. Continue reading
It’s September and that means Raindance, the UK’s biggest independent film festival, is back. As always it comes with a whole lot of cinematic treats from Japan, with a special Way Out East strand solely dedicated to films from the land of the rising sun. This year the selection is particularly extensive and includes some superb offerings.
Note: The Raindance synopses are my own – quoting myself from the official Raindance catalogue here.
The autumn festival season starts kicking in – lots to see and plenty more to come!
Last updated: 4/9/2013 Continue reading
Every October Scotland becomes anime heaven and it’s no different this year round. Scotland Loves Anime has announced the programme for its 2013 edition, offering a first indication that the autumn festival season is about to descend upon us in the UK – Raindance (September 25-October 6) is due to reveal its programme on September 3, the London Film Festival (October 9-20) will follow on September 4. Plus plenty of other film festivals (Japan Touring Film Programme, London Korean Film Festival, East Winds Film Festival, etc.) will be coming our way soon as well. Continue reading