The Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, the children’s offshoot of the regular festival, released its programme yesterday. The festival runs from March 25 until April 5 and tickets are fairly cheap (£2 for under-19, £5/£4 for adults), so if you live in the area, treat yourself. There are a few films from Japan & Korea:
Another update from the lovely people preparing the (sell-out) stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke: they have received the blessing from the Japanese animation studio and Hisaishi Joe to use the original music score of the film for their performance. Continue reading
No, it’s not a vandal that has been scribbling on the poster encasing for Miyazaki Hayao’s upcoming animation feature「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises), but it’s Suzuki Toshio, the film’s producer, with a message for the fans: Miyazaki’s film will be released on July 20, 2013. This is reported via nausicaa.net, although I haven’t yet seen a confirmation from the Studio directly.
Sunday was Chinese New Year so I will begin this Trailer Weekly with 恭喜发财! (Gong xi fa cai!). I actually ventured out to London’s Chinatown with a friend, fully intent on enjoying some Taiwanese food but the restaurant I had in mind had a queue about a mile long, even at 3 in the afternoon. In the end we opted for Japanese (vegetable & tofu tempura bento, plus lovely gyōza) and later watched a Japanese film at my friend’s house (Ghibli’s 「おもひでぽろぽろ」/ Omohide Poro Poro/Only Yesterday, 1991, after initially considering 「火垂るの墓」 / Hotaru no Haka/Grave of the Fireflies, 1988, even buying some comfort food and then copping out. Jajaja…). Anyhow, it ended up being a pretty un-Chinese Chinese New Year, despite all intentions. Ah well.
In terms of this belated Trailer Weekly, I thought it was time for another ‘Special’, with J-actresses that I know from doramas as the focus: Anne, Karina, Koyuki, Yoko Maki, Ueno Juri and Takeuchi Yuko. Continue reading
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
The Oscars have limited interest in foreign or indie films, so I personally don’t pay all that much attention to them. I mostly peruse them like any other awards event or film festival programme – for interesting films that might have escaped me otherwise. Continue reading
I’m losing track of all the stops that the Studio Ghibli Retrospective – courtesy of GKIDS, the US distributor of the Japanese animation studio – has been making since December 2011 (when it first launched in New York) on its tour of North America. It has been in California before – in Santa Monica and Hollywood – but not yet in San Diego, where Ghibli films old and new (okay, not totally new as neither「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」/ Karigurashi no Arrietty/Arrietty, 2010 nor 「コクリコ坂から」/ Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, 2011 are included) will be screening for two weeks. The retrospective is split over two Landmark Theatres, La Jolla Village and Ken’s Cinema, with the line-up as follows: Continue reading
It’s January, which means it’s a new year. And plenty of things for you to do and films to see this month already, although we are bit on the thin side Korean-wise (at least for the moment).
Let me know if I have missed anything!
LAST UPDATED: 14/1/2013
An early Christmas present came from Studio Ghibli today in the form of an official announcement of its next two feature films:「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises) and「かぐや姫の物語」(Kaguya Hime no Monogatari/The Story of Princess Kaguya), directed by Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao respectively. Continue reading
As you may know Studio Ghibli’s 「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) is being adapted for the stage for the first time ever. Whole Hog Theatre, a small British company specialising in adaptations, is taking on the challenge and will be staging the performance in London in April 2013, with only a handful days programmed. Continue reading
GKids only just tweeted an announcement that the IFC Center in New York – where the special Studio Ghibli retrospective that has been travelling North America since last year first began – will be screening a whole lot of the films of the famous Japanese animation studio between November 16th and December 20th, 2012. It may the final stop of the Miyazaki & Co. tour, but I don’t know for sure. What is certain, however, is that New Yorkers are in for quite a treat – yet again. Continue reading
Just in time this time round. 🙂
Hope you had a good weekend. It actually snowed in London, but only for 10 minutes and no one – except those of us up at 6 am on Saturday morning – noticed. I even saw three people in shorts at that hour, one being a runner, the other two… lunatics? At least I can’t figure out any other explanation for wearing shorts at 1 degree Celsius!
Anyhow, five trailers today (in order to be timely), all J plus one K.
With every minute of my time occupied with work and going to the cinema (overload of the London Film Festival) this weekend, I haven’t had time to write today’s Trailer Weekly (or any other post) – will follow tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll have some reviews of the cinematic awesomenesses* I’ve had the chance to enjoy for you soon as well. Meanwhile, you can ponder which Mei-weekday you are. (The image is from Studio Ghibi’s photo gallery on Facebook.)
Off to see Abbas Kiarostami’s 「ライク・サムワン・イン・ラブ」 (Raiku samuwan in rabu/Like Someone in Love, France/Japan, 2012)!
*I know that’s not quite grammatical. :-p
The film festival season gets into full swing (this month’s cover image should give you a visual impression of the deluge of films coming our way): Raindance continues, the madness of the UK’s biggest film event – the London International Film Festival – descends upon the capital, to be followed by the most comprehensive Im Kwon-Taek season that we have probably ever seen in this country, while J-animation fans get their fix up north at Scotland Loves Anime. Let’s hope we’ll all still be breathing when the month is over!
Note: This page will be updated as more information becomes available. If you see anything I have missed, do alert me to it!
I’m finally getting in that third and final Trailer Weekly I had to make up for from my blogging hiatus in May. South Korea and Japan are back on the menu, which is chock-full with films on sensitive, controversial and intriguing issues: transgender identity, homosexuality, disproportionate age gaps in relationships, being female in a highly patriarchal society, surreal fables and meditations on silence and exile. It’s an eclectic and eccentric mix, but that’s how I like it.
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
Trailer Weekly day. I’m back in London and suffering from the sudden 15 degree drop in temperature (the weather is just miserable!) and the fact that my breakfast doesn’t include mango anymore. Boohoooo. Never mind that the autumn months are looking insanely busy already, leaving me unsure whether I’ll have even time to breathe… all my September weekends are already planned out and some of October’s as well. Although I’m still a bit disappointed that I had to turn down presenting at the Cultural Translation and East Asia: Film, Literature and Art conference, which takes place in Bangor, Wales, next week, I know it was the more sensible decision in terms of time and workload. Despite the full schedule ahead, I’m hoping I will fit in more film reviews this month, as only three in August was a new low – sorry!
On to trailers, trailers: we are 50/50 this week: 50% Korean, 50% Japanese.
LAST UPDATED: 21/09/2012
September means that the film festival season is starting, with the Zipangu Fest and the Raindance Independent Film Festival kicking off first. There are of course festivals all year round, however, it just seems that autumn brings particularly many and particularly big ones in short succession of one another. It’s a busy time for us Asian and world film lovers.
Last updated: 7/8/2012
I am away in India all this month, so you will have to enjoy these screenings for me. Apologies for the post being a day late – it does mean some events are over already – but airplanes still are lacking behind in offering internet services (heck, didn’t I even have a power point at my seat!).
There doesn’t seem to be all that much on at the moment. I guess the Olympics are entertainment enough? But I think this bit of ‘cinematic quiet’ is not all that bad as September and especially October will bring a deluge of film festivals, including some of the UK’s biggest.
UPDATE 2/8/2012: Might have to eat my own words – at least for fans of terror and horror, all kinds of things are being screened.
As I reported recently, Studio Ghibli’s「もののけ姫」(Mononoke-hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) is being put on the stage by the UK-based The Whole Hog Theatre company. Although the performance will not take place until April 2013, tickets were snatched up in less than 72 hours after they went on sale last week. Clearly, there is a lot excitement about the very first theatrical adaptation of the Studio Ghibli animation. Continue reading
Apologies for not posting much lately (so it feels to me in any case), but I’m quite busy with my studies and work at the moment. I won’t be in the UK for the entire month of August (gotta escape the chaos of the Olympics), and am trying to get as many hours in as possible before going away. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that I will be particularly less busy next month, just that I won’t have immediate deadlines and meetings with my supervisors. Continue reading
This month starts off with a bang as several festivals continue and others are about to commence. It gets a bit quieter towards the middle and end of July, but perhaps that’s not to compete too much with Olympics? Well, that’s the rationale we can make for London at least. Continue reading
I promised a make-up Trailer Weekly today for one of the skipped ones in May, so here it is. If I am honest, I am way more excited about the Bonus Bits (scroll down) than the trailers today – which is not to say that the films listed are not interesting. It’s just that some of the Bonus Bits are news that make me happy! Filmwise, I’m still in Cine-Japan-mode, with a few more entries from the Nippon Connection Festival, a couple of oh-this-actor-is-in-it! and some random finds.
Feeling lazy today. Just one of those days! Lack of sleep due to marathoning 「花ざかりの君たちへ イケメン♂パラダイス」 (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen ♂ paradaisu/For You in Full Blossom better known as Hana Kimi, 2007) until, umm, daylight hours, is not helping the matter. Hana Kimi is a fun dorama, but, be warned, totally of the whacky, way-out-there, manga-kind – it is in fact based on a manga. Just the final couple episodes feel a little deflated. Still, for the most part it is – once you suspend all and any expectations of normality – crackingly funny and all the familiar faces (Oguri, Okada, Mizushiro, etc.) also warmed my heart.
The trailers this week? An almost exclusively Japanese affair.
Nashville, Tennessee wasn’t originally on the list of cities for the US tour of the Studio Ghibli retrospective, but I don’t think anyone is going to be complaining about this – more likely children (big and small, of course) will be rejoicing. Continue reading
Director: Miyazaki Gorō
Production Studio: Studio Ghibli
Screenplay: Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎 駿), Niwa Keiko (丹羽 圭子)
Adaptation from: the 1980 manga 「コクリコ坂から」 (Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill) by Sayama Tetsurō and Takahashi Chizuru
Animation: Yamashita Akihiko, Yamagata Atsushi, Kousaka Kitaro
Character Design: Kondo Katsuya
Soundscore: Takebe Satoshi
Theme Song: Japanese version, Korean version
Voice Actors: Nagasawa Masami, Okada Junichi, Kanzama Sunshuke, Fubuki Jun, Takeshita Keiko, among others.
Runtime: 91 min
Trailer: on YouTube (not subtitled)
Film’s official website: kokurikzaka.jp (in Japanese/日本語)
Seen at the film’s UK premiere at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival in London. UPDATE: The film is being released in UK cinemas on August 2, 2013
In the US Studio Ghibli’s 2010 「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」 (Karigurashi no Arrietty/Arrietty) is two months into its cinematic release – more than half a year after it screened in the UK and a good 19 months after it originally opened in Japan. The situation is no different with the animation studio’s most recent production, 「コクリコ坂から」 (Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill), which premiered in its country of origin in July 2011, but, except for three showings during the Toronto International Film Festival and cinema runs in Taiwan (November 2012, as 來自紅花坂) and France (January 2012, as La Colline aux coquelicots) has not been seen internationally. How the Terracotta Film Festival managed to bring the film to the UK, I do not know, but it was no surprise that the screening was sold out (something I fortunately foresaw, buying a ticket the day they became available :-D) and that viewers were cheering before the reel started rolling.
Yeppers, I’m late. I was tired from work on Saturday and then I browsed the raws of the webtoon 유토피아 (Utopia) which just sort of made me a little depressed and not in the mood to do anything productive like writing a blog post… Utopia, by the way, has a great premise, even if its tagline (“two extra-ordinary people in ordinary love”) sounds a little cheesy. But the ‘extra-ordinary’ refers to two social outcasts, a teen girl, who communicates only in writing, and an orphaned boy who is seriously maimed in a car accident, losing his left leg, as well as suffering facial disfigurement and brain damage. I would have said that’s sufficient hardship to explore in one story, but [spoiler alert!] judging from the raws there is no happy ending to this. Wahhh….
As for trailers this week, the focus is on Taiwan, a country that holds a special place in my TCK heart. As you may know, coming up in May is the Taiwan Cinefest (I will write a separate blog post on the programme and other details soon) and as I was researching the films to be screened, I stumbled across “Taiwan Cinema – Shining through the 21st Century”, a freely downloadable document prepared in cooperation between the Government Information Office and the Taipei Film Commission. The file contains synopses for a whole lot of T-films from the past couple of years plus details on upcoming releases. Highlights: Continue reading
The Studio Ghibli Retrospective’s stop in the northwest of the US is in Portland, Oregon. The NW Film Center will start the retrospective with Miyazaki Hayao’s oldest work, 風の谷のナウシカ, (Kaze no Tani no Naushika/Nausicaä, 1984) – which, strictly speaking, is pre-Studio Ghibli as the animation studio was only founded a year after the film’s success at the Japanese box office. Continue reading
After Dallas back in January, the Studio Ghibli Retrospective makes another stop in Texas, this time in Austin. In fact, the retrospective already began in March, but somehow the news passed me by. Still, there are another six of Miyazaki and Co’s greatest works for any fans of the Japanese animation studio to enjoy between April 5 and 18:
Sanshō Dayū at the ICA
You may have noticed that I added an events calendar to Otherwhere a few days ago. It’s not particularly fancy and doesn’t quite have the sleek look I would like – I’m unfortunately limited to Google calendar by WordPress – but at least it’s something. You will primarily find screenings and special events for Japanese and Korean films plus world cinema film festivals on the calendar, most from London but also from elsewhere in the UK if I happen to come across them. Select screenings in other parts of the world (like the Studio Ghibli film events in North America) will be added too. Continue reading
It’s a selection of random finds this week and it’s only four trailers, but I’m waiting for a friend – whom I last saw eight years ago – to knock on my door any minute. As I think we’ll have lots to talk about, it’s either I post a short(er) Trailer Weekly today and NOW, or a belated one who knows when.
千と千尋の神隠し (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away)
Every spring the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes places in Washington, DC, celebrating “the gift of the cherry blossom trees” and “the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan”. If this sounds a bit flowery (excuse the pun), ignore it, because the great thing about the festival is that it comes with all kinds of fabulous events, many of which are free. Continue reading
Third Window Film’s newly released UK film poster for ヒミズ (Himizu/Himizu)
The programme for the Terracotta Film Festival has been out for a few days already. I have to confess – I have been a bit selfish about this. I didn’t post the news on Otherwhere so far as I have (impatiently!) been waiting for tickets to go on sale (they still have not!) so I can snatch them up for the films I really, really, REALLY want to see before they sell out. Yes, I’m being a horribly inconsiderate film addict here, but the real question is of course, what I am so keen on that I have been holding back on spreading the news? Continue reading
Another week that I’m a day late – somehow managed to get sick but after lots of spicy ginger lemon tea and garlicky cough syrup, I’m feeling better today, enough to post the Trailer Weekly at least. I did hope to write another review for the Korean Cinema Blogathon as well, but since it’s the last day I don’t I will get it done in time.
Anyhow, in honour of the Korean Cinema Blogathon Trailer Weekly #24 has gone 100% Korean. It’s a sort of random collection of films – and I could have included more still – that all involve the theme of love somehow: love between lonely souls, adolescent love, noona love, love in old age, and selfless love between siblings in the face of hard times…
Io sono Li
I am contemplating to create a separate calendar page for all the film festivals and special screenings in London, because these announcements-by-blog-post probably end up buried amidst all the other posts after a while. I’m not quite sure how to set up such a calendar (suggestions are welcome), so while I get my head around it, these posts will have to do. But do note that it’s on my list of planned features for Otherwhere.
Anyhow, upcoming film festivals in London: Continue reading
Director: Toshiya Itoh
Screenplay: Tsutui Tomomi, Toshiya Itoh
Cast: Hayase Misato, Kobayashi Yu, Shiga Junichi, Amasaga Toshiyuki, Uchida Asao, Dan Fumi, Kusakari Masao
Runtime: 107 min
Trailer: no trailer available, but 4 min clip of the opening is on YouTube
Seen at a screening as part of the Films at the Embassy of Japan programme.
It’s another film that is simply magical. Kaze no Matasaburō: Garasu no masoto (literally Matasaburō of the Wind: Cape of Glass) depicts a story of childhood in the rural Japan of the 1920s. At the heart of the tale is Takada (Kobayashi Yu), a young boy, whose father is transferred to a remote village in the Tōhoku region. Takada arrives there on the very windy 210th day of the year, which immediately raises suspicion in the village children: he must, they whisper amongst themselves, be Matasaburō, the son of the wind god, who appears on this day and stays until the 220th – a suspicion that seems confirmed when it turns out that Takada’s first name is Saburō. Continue reading
Resistance is futile. Just go watch those Studio Ghibli films.
TIFF Cinematique in Toronto is screening 15 Studio Ghibli films from March 10 to April 13 as part of an event entitled “Spirited Away – The Films of Studio Ghibli”. A whole month of Ghibli galore! Continue reading
A good selection of Studio Ghibli films will be showing in Hollywood and Santa Monica from today, January 26, until February 13. The retrospective, entitled “Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli”, is dividing screenings between the Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood) and the Aero Theatre (Santa Monica) and will include both subtitled as well as dubbed showings. The list of films is below, but you can find full details – dates and all – here. Continue reading
Director: Katabuchi Sunao
Screenplay: Katabuchi Sunao
Cinematography: Masumoto Yukihiro
Art Direction: Uehara Shinichi
Voice Cast: Fukuda Mayuko, Mizusawa Nako, Morisako Ei, Honjou Manami
Music: Murai Shusei, Minako “mooki” Obata
Theme song: こどものせかい (Kodomo no sekai/Children’s World) by Kotringo
Runtime: 95 min
Trailer: on YouTube (not subtitled)
Film’s official website: Mai-Mai (in Japanese)
Only one word is really needed to describe Mai Mai Miracle: it’s simply magical.
Drawing for Studio Ghibli’s となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbour Totoro)
First of all: 今年もよろしく。새해 복 많이 받으세요! Happy New Year! Gutes neues Jahr! Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Feliz año nuevo! Felix ano novo! (and so forth)
I thought for the first day of the new year, I would let you know some of the plans I have for Otherwhere in 2012. Continue reading