The Barbican plays host to the London International Animation Festival which runs from Friday, October 25th to Sunday, November 03rd with over 300 films from 30 countries being screened. There are a number of Japanese films playing at the festival and here they are:
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Running Time: 13 mins
Kick-Heart is the biggest title programmed for this festival. It is directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy) and animated by Production I.G (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell). This was big news in the anime world last year because it was successfully funded by the public via Kickstarter, a first for an anime title since the traditional route is to use corporate investors. It is playing at the London Film Festival which allowed me to copy and paste this blurb.
Romeo is a successful pro-wrestler. Juliet is a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo’s secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly.