Christmas is drawing near and Japanese lessons are drawing to a close for the year. One more and then a party. Last lesson was a total blast since we talked to native Japanese speakers and it exposed us to the language in natural conversations. It was fun and enlightening!
Also fun was ordering my Christmas batch of Japanese DVD’s so expect more reviews… That’s not a threat by the way. I’ve also got a schedule for the Studio Ghibli films that Film4 will screen over Christmas as compiled by an Anime UK News forumite. That’s at the very bottom of this post.
Yet another week where the trailers are linked by the fact that the films are all based on manga/books but there are big changes at the top of the Japanese box-office. Kaibutsu-kun is still number one but Tintin enters… at number three… it has been beaten by K-ON: The Movie, Despite writing about this for Anime UK News I haven’t really paid attention to it but K-ON is pleasant and the girls are coming to the UK which is cool. Fun K-ON! AMV at the end!
K-ON! Movie (Eiga Keion!)
Released: 3rd December 2011
Running Time: N/A
Director: Naoko Yamada
Writer: Reiko Yoshida, Kakifly (manga)
Starring: Aki Toyosaki (Yui Hirasawa), Yoko Hikasa (Mio Akiyama), Satomi Sato (Ritsu Tainaka), Minako Kotobuki (Tsumugi Kotobuki), Ayano Taketatsu (Azusa Nakano)
The four members of Sakuragaoka High School’s light music club are nearing graduation and decide to go on a post graduation trip to London together with a new fifth member named Azusa.
Tales of Genji: A Thousand Enigma
Released: 10th December 2011
Running Time: N/A
Director: Yasuo Tsuruhashi
Writer: Shikibu Murasaki (Original Story) Izumu Kawasaki
Starring: Toma Ikuta, Miki Nakatanim Yoko Maki, Mikako Tabe,
Based on the classic literary work Genji Monogatari written by eleventh century Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, her original book is considered a landmark of world literature and we get an adaptation here. Genji Monogatari follows the relationships that surround Genji Hakaru and is studied in Japanese schools.
One more trailer
Liar Game: Reborn
Release Date: 3rd March 2012
Running Time: N/A
Director: Hiroaki Matsuyama
Writer: Shinobu Kaitani (manga)
Starring: Shota Matsuda, Mikako Tabe, Mana Ashida
This is the sequel to the 2010 film Liar Game: The Final Stage and it retains the same director. Shota Matsuda reprises his role as a genius con artist named Shinichi Akiyama who is forced into another deadly high-stakes game of lying to win a fortune but he faces other desperate players who will go to any lengths to secure that money.
Film4 Studio Ghibli Screening
Great news for the festive season as Ghibli is on every day!!! I recommend that you watch all of these films but my personal favourites are Spirited Away, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, The Cat Returns, Luputa, Lupin III, Whisper of the Heart, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and… hell all of them apart from Pom Poko which is just silly. The only one I haven’t seen is Ocean Waves but I’ve seen Ponyo, Arrietty, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away on the big screen.
Ponyo, Saturday 10th December: 18.55
Princess Mononoke, Sunday 11th December: 16.40
Tales from Earthsea, Monday 12th December: 16.25
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Tuesday 13th December: 13 16.45
Little Norse Prince, Wednesday 14th December: 17.10
Only Yesterday, Thursday 15th December: 16.10
Whisper of the Heart, Friday 16th December: 17.05
The Cat Returns, Saturday 17th December: 16.50
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Sunday 18th December: 16.25
Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Monday 19th December: 16.25
Pom Poko, Tuesday 20th December: 16:15
Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, Wednesday 21st December: 16:00
Porco Rosso, Thursday 22nd December: 16:55
Ocean Waves, Friday 23rd December: 17:30
My Neighbor Totoro, Saturday 24th December: 17:15
Ponyo, Sunday 25th December (dubbed): 17:10
Spirited Away is on BBC Two at 8:30 on Wednesday 28th December
As promised – the K-ON! AMV