Live-Action Attack on Titan Double Bill at the Derby QUAD Cinema on January 22nd

I posted this news story last year on Anime UK News but with the date getting closer a reminder might be in order (apparently, this screening has been hugely popular):

The two live-action Attack on Titan movies will play at Derby’s QUAD Cinema on January 22nd from 8:45 pm. Tickets for the screening of the films are already on sale now and can be purchased at the cinema’s site.

The films adapt Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and were directed by Shinji Higuchi and he is famous for being director of special-effects heavy films like The Floating Castle (2011) and The Sinking of Japan (2006). Reviews already released state that the story has been reimagined and characters have been changed so go into this with an open mind. The titular titans are said to be really creepy and they have been brought to the screen by splatter film director Yoshihiro Nishimura. I have reviewed a number of his works including Helldriver (2011) and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009).

The film is screened as part of its Satori Screen series which highlights East Asian cinema. Other titles that have featured as part of Satori Screen have included the live-action Rurouni Kenshin (2012) and the Satoshi Kon film Paprika (2006).

Manga Entertainment UK are releasing this one and they are going all in with screenings for films in cinemas across the UK as can be seen for their big roll-out for Yakuza Apocalypse.

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Yakuza Apocalypse in UK Cinemas

Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld was at many of last year’s international film festivals and it has finally made its way to Britain via the UK anime distributor Manga Entertainment. It starts its cinema run from January 06th and it will be screened at various cinemas across the country. To see if your cinema is going to play it and to book tickets, check the film’s UK website.

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Manga Entertainment Acquire Wolf Children Rain and Snow for UK Distribution

The London MCM Expo festival is currently under-way and UK anime distributors are announcing their acquisitions and projected release dates. The big news is that Manga Entertainment has announced that they will release THE WOLF CHILDREN in the UK!!! Anime UK News, which I write for ;), broke the news of this announcement and others on Twitter just before I was going to turn my computer off and watch a Japanese slasher film. Here are the details of the upcoming releases:

The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki                                The Wolf Children Poster               

Romaji: Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Japanese Title: おおかみ こども の 雨 と 雪

Japanese Release Date: 21st July 2012

UK Release Date: 2013

Running Time: 110 mins.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Writer: Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera

Starring: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Yukito Nishii, Haru Kuroki, Amon Kabe, Momoka Oona, Shota Sometani, Kumiko Aso, Mitsuki Tanimura,

Mamoru Hosoda is frequently called the next “Hayao Miyazaki” and while I loved The Girl Who Leapt Through Time I was left unimpressed by Summer Wars. So unimpressed that I have yet to turn my review notes into a review despite more than a year elapsing since I last watched it… Then I went to the 56th BFI London Film Festival where The Wolf Children was screened and I loved it. I can confirm it is brilliant. So brilliant it is joint number one for my films of the year. For those wanting a bit of the brilliance at home, the film will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray and a theatrical release is also being considered. For some odd reason Ame and Yuki have been dropped from the title making it rather bland. Anyway, here’s the trailer and some more details:

 

A story of love between parents and children that takes place over thirteen starts when a university student named Hana falls in love with Ōkami who is a “wolf man”. The two marry and have children named after the weather on the day they were born – Yuki (snow) the older sister and Ame (rain) the younger brother. The four live quietly in a city concealing the true existence of their relationship until Ōkami dies and Hana decides to move to the country.

Hosoda has been aided with scripting duties by Satoko Okudera who has worked on major anime movies like Summer WarsMiyori’s ForestThe Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Princess and the Pilot. Legendary character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, FLCL, Evangelion) is acting as character designer here. Madhouse Studio (Paranoia Agent, Black Lagoon, Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, Master Keaon, Dennō Coil) is co-producing the animation. The voice actors involved come from the world of live action movies. Hana is voiced by the actress Aoi Miyazaki who starred in Shinji Aoyama’s 2000 film Eureka (she does have experience in anime after voicing Tula in Origin: Spirits of the Past)Ōkami is voiced by Takao Osawa (All About Lily Chou-Chou), Yuki is voiced by Haru Kuroki, and Ame is voiced by Yukito Nishii (Confessions). Other notable names include Momoka Oona (Mitsuko Delivers) who plays an even younger version of Yuki, Amon Kabe(Tada’s Do-it-All House) who plays an even younger version of Ame, Shota Sometani (HimizuSadako 3DIsn’t Anyone live?), Mitsuki Tanimura (13 Assassins), and Kumiko Aso (Pulse).

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