Scotland Loves Anime 2012 Line-Up

Scotland Loves Anime LogoScotland Loves Anime announced their line-up of titles and it includes some of the newest anime films to premiere in Japanese cinemas this year. The festival is split up between two locations over two weeks. Glasgow goes first from 12th – 14th October and that is followed up by Edinburgh from the 19th to the 21st October. The films include major titles like The Wolf Children Rain and Snow, Nerawareta Gakuen, Gyo, and the live-action Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. There is also talk of a mystery film which will be shown which sounds intriguing. There are also lectures and other cultural events but the main draw will definitely be the films.

Anyway… the line-ups for both locations look the same and I will detail the films below but here is a quick guide:

Glasgow 12th – 14th October

Afterschool Midnighters

Anime Mirai Project

BERSERK: MOVIE 1 – The Egg of The King

Blood-C The Last Dark

Gyo – Tokyo Fish Attack

K-On! Movie

Ninja Scrolls – HD

Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney
Edinburgh 19th to the 21st October

Afterschool Midnighters

Anime Mirai Project

BERSERK: MOVIE 1 – The Egg of The King

BERSERK MOVIE 2 – THE BATTLE FOR DOLDREY

Blood-C The Last Dark

Nerawareta Gakuen

Ninja Scrolls – HD

Wolf Children

Here is some information on the films:

After School MidnightersAfter School Midnighters Poster

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Hitoshi Takekiyo

Writer: Yōichi Komori

Starring: Hiromasa Taguchi (Goth), Haruka Tomatsu (Mako), Kouichi Yamadera (Kunstlijk), Sakiko Uran (Miko), Minako Kotobuki (Mutsuko), Chafurin (Bach), Hiroshi Yanaka (Mozart), Dai Matsumoto (Beethoven), Hozumi Goda (Schubert)

The CGI film After School Midnighters is directed by Hitoshi Takekiyo who was behind the 2007 short which inspired this. It has been submitted for an Oscar in the best animated feature category. It stars the following seiyuu: Hiromasa Taguchi (Father in Kaasan), Haruka Tomatsu (Yunyun in CANAAN, Asuna in Sword Art Online), Minako Kotobuki (Yūko in A-Channel, Hamaji in Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story) and Kouichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop).

 

When midnight arrives a human anatomical model maed Kunstlijk (Yamadera) comes to life in a school science classroom and goes on to have fun with a skeleton named Goth (Taguchi).

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The Woodsman and the Rain, Hayabusa: Harukanaru Kikan, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Trailers

There are a better set of Japanese films released this week namely Phoenix Wright!!! The Woodsman and the Rain also looks equally good with Koji Yakusho, who I can watch in any sort of film, and Shun Oguri. The Japanese box-office looks like this:

01. Always: Sunset on Third Street 3(Japan)
02. The Wings of the Kirin (Japan)
03. Japan’s Wildlife: The Untold Story(Japan)
04. Tower Heist (USA)
05. Robo-G (Japan)

There must be something to the top two films as they have maintained their positions from last week and Always: Sunset on Third Street has earned a lot of money. It’s still early days for the movie adaptation of Arakawa Under the Bridge and Berserk but I’m interested in seeing how well they do over the coming weeks.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Release Date:  11th February 2012

Running Time: 109 min.

Director: Takashi Miike

Writer: N/A

Starring: Hiroki Narimiya, Mirei Kiritani, Takumi Saito, Akiyoshi Nakao, Shunske Daito, Ryo Ishibashi

Rejoice fellow Phoenix Wright fans! The film goes on general release in Japan today! This comes after it premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where director Takashi Miike expressed the view that the film would probably get an international release.

Synopsis

In the near future, serious crime is on the rise and in response the justice system has changed the rules of court-room trials:

Cases last a maximum of three days and sentences are usually imposed immediately.

This change has led to exciting face-offs between public prosecutors and defenders who have to score points with the judge rapidly in order to win the case. Enter Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney! In a series of cases based on the original games he will face off against rival prosecutors including the equally awesome Miles Edgeworth!

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International Film Festival Rotterdam

So the Rotterdam Film Festival ends today…

My interest in Rotterdam stretches back to the early 2000’s when I first discovered Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s horror work. Rotterdam was frequently the festival in which his films and those of other Japanese directors would get an international premiere. 2012’s Rotterdam saw the only one major Japanese premiere (unless I missed something which is always a possibility…) but what a film…

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Release Date: 11th February, 2o12

Running Time: 113 mins.

Director: Takashi Miike

Writer: Takeharu Sakurai, Yukiko Ohguchi

Starring: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saito, Mirei Kiritani, Akiyoshi Nakao, Shunsuke Daito, Akira Emoto, Rei Dan, Mitsuki Tanimura, Ryo Ishibashi

I reported this earlier in the week for another website so here’s the brief version: Rotterdam was where the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s adaptation of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney took place.

 

Synopsis

In the near future, serious crime is on the rise and in response the justice system has changed the rules of court-room trials:

Cases last a maximum of three days and sentences are usually imposed immediately.

This change has led to exciting face-offs between public prosecutors and defenders who have to score points with the judge rapidly in order to win the case.

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