The autumn is a-coming and it’s not just the colourful leaves on the ground that are telling me that: the first programme announcements for various film festivals are dropping. Scotland Loves Anime (SLA), which is scheduled for October, was revealed its line-up a few days ago, with Raindance (September) followed yesterday, while the London Film Festival (October) programme is due today and the London Korean Film Festival (October/November) one on September 15.
Well, that answers my question about 「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, Japan, 2013) maybe showing up on the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme in 2014. The answer is, no, it is not one of the screenings, so we will have to keep guessing if absence of the words “UK Premiere” on the Glasgow Film Festival website was accidental or is a hint at something…
Anyhow, even without Kaze Tachinu, the programme for the forthcoming Japan Foundation’s annual film tour looks fantastic – half of the titles are films that I have featured on past Trailer Weeklies, meaning I pretty much want to see everything! Let’s see how that works out time-wise, but it is a good thing I haven’t yet scheduled my weekend shifts for February yet as I am definitely going to have to keep the weekend of February 1st and 2nd free. Continue reading
It totally slipped my mind that the Edinburgh International Film Festival is happening in June and were it not for Genkina Hito’s post on Japanese Films at the event, I might have forgotten entirely. That would have been a real pity, because although I can’t make it up north this month, there is so much good stuff on the programme!
The festival runs from June 19 to 30 this year and is spotlighting two countries – one of which is Korea (the other is Sweden). That of course means there are tons of cinematic goodies for East Asian cinephiles. But it’s not just South Korean films that are on the programme, there are submissions from North Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and China as well, plus of course from many other countries. Continue reading
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I’m not quite ready to be back yet (still busy marking exams)… but I thought some of you might appreciate not having to wait too long for the monthly Events post.
So, what’s on offer this June for South East Asian film fans in the UK? We have got「009 Re: Cyborg」screenings in Edinburgh, Liverpool and elsewhere, a Jackie Chan film in Derby as well as a fabulous Imamura Shohei Retrospective at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, but for the rest
it’s all happening in London Update 7/6/2013: Not quite. I totally blanked on the Edinburgh International Film Festival – so there is loads outside of London as well! Anyhow, it’s a month of festivals and celebrations to commemorate a number of anniversaries.
We start with Seasons in the Sun: The Heyday of Nikkatsu Studios, one of the calendar highlights at the British Film Institute in June. The Terracotta Film Festival is about to kick off and promises to be bigger and better than ever with 27 films (and plenty more) from all over East Asia in store for cinephiles. June is also a good month for Studio Ghibli fans as multiple screenings are scheduled for two animations that were first released 25 years ago, plus another Double Bill at the Prince Charles. I’m also looking forward to「長州ファイブ」 (Chosyu Faibu/Choshu Five), an anniversary screening organised by the Japanese Embassy that commemorates an event from 150 years ago and I’m super-thrilled that a rare indie gem,「はなればなれに」(Hanarebanareni/Kuro), has popped up on the East End Film Festival programme. So we are really not short on choice this month, heck, it almost feels like October, which is normally the height of the film festival season in London town. Anyhow, peruse what’s on and, if you are not in the capital, it might be a good time for a visit!
Last updated: 24/6/2013
You are not going to run out things to do (or, rather, films to watch) in February, regardless of where you are in the UK.
Note: I’m not really providing synopses this time round, there are simply too many films. Just click on the external links, where you’ll find more info.
As always, if I’ve missed anything, get in touch!
LAST UPDATED: 6/2/2013
Premiere Japan somehow never happened, but fortunately the Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme continues to exist – and that I know for certain thanks to an email in my inbox a few days ago, which came with all the details for the 10th edition of the event. Entitled “Once Upon a Time in Japan: Reinventing the Past Through the Eyes of Japanese Contemporary Filmmakers”, this (well, next) year’s focus is on the past. The “contemporary filmmakers” in the line-up include Miike Takashi, Katabuchi Sunao, Koreeda Hirokazu and Inudō Isshin among others.
Director: Takekiyo Hitoshi
Animation Studio: Koo-Ki
Screenplay: Takekiyo Hitoshi, Komori Yōichi
CGI Direction: Tanaka Kenichiro
Soundscore: Kitazato Reiji
Runtime: 95 min
Trailer: on YouTube
Film’s official website: After School Midnighters
Preview of a festival screener courtesy of the Raindance Film Festival, which will be showing Hōkago Middonaitāzu on October 5 and 7, 2012. The film will also screen at Scotland Loves Anime on October 13 (Glasgow) and October 19 (Edinburgh).
At the elite St. Claire’s Elementary School it’s day 1 of term, with a whole lot of new students entering through the gates for the first time ever. Among them are Mako, Mi and Mu, three little girls who wander through the vast corridors of the school – though “wander” may not so aptly describe their doings. Continue reading
A few films have been added to the Scotland Loves Anime festival line-up. These are all screenings that are scheduled before the official SLA dates (Glasgow Oct 12-14, 2012 and Edinburgh Oct 19-21, 2012) but offer yet more wonderful anime fare. Continue reading
… well, I do in any case.
So here’s my promised full line-up post for Scotland Loves Anime, which enters its third year and is only getting bigger and better (so they say – I haven’t actually attended the event myself before). The festival will take place in Glasgow (October 12-14) and Edinburgh (October 19-21), with a slightly different programme for each location.
I’m starting with the Edinburgh line-up, just because I’m so excited about… I bet you can guess which film. Continue reading
This is going to be the super-fastest and shortest post ever, because I need to go to bed before my Dad yells at me, but I just heard that Hosoda’s「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki/The Wolf Children Rain and Snow, Japan, 2012) is on the official line-up for Scotland Loves Anime! I will do a proper post on the full line-up tomorrow, but I just wanted to shout that out into the world. 🙂
After missing three Trailer Weeklies (which I plan to make up for), I’m not quite sure where to start, because although I did not post any trailers over the past few weeks, I did bookmark quite a few films. I suppose the best is just to jump right in and see what we end up with!
UPDATED 9/6/2012 – BFI links fixed!
A great range of events this month. Lots of fabulous films. The ICA in particular is showing plenty of love for Korean cinema and then there is of course the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which has all kind of gems on offer.