|Japanese Films at BFI Film Festival|
|Sunday, 09 October 2011 00:00|
The 55th BFI Film Festival, launching on Wednesday 12 October, will feature six new Japanese films, all domestically released in 2011. The program is as follows and there are more details on the festival website.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below / Tues 18 Oct, Sat 22 Oct
Anime from Makoto Shinkai that sees a young girl gain entry to a magical land, Agartha. Strong universal appeal and a must for Ghibli fans.
Dendera / Mon 24 Oct, Wed 26 Oct
Sequel to The Ballad of Narayama, which won the Palm D'Or at Cannes in 1983, directed by the son of the original director. This sequel examines the theme of the first film - elderly people being taken up a mountain to die - from the perspective of a few elderly with plenty of fight still in them.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai / Sun 16 Oct, Mon 17 Oct
From controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer). Starring Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo XI and with music from Ryuichi Sakamoto, this is a very modern samurai drama.
I Wish / Sat 15 Oct, Mon 17 Oct
Family drama in which two brothers conspire to reunite their parents.
Mitsuko Delivers / Sun 23 Oct, Wed 26 Oct
Comic drama centering on heavily pregnant Mitsuko - from the director of Sawako Decides.
My Back Page / Wed 26 Oct, Thurs 27 Oct
Drama examining radicalism in the late 1960s and a journalist who gets caught up in the talk of revolution. Starring Satoshi Tsumabuki, recently acclaimed in Villain.