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Update: Free London Screening about Kitaro Manga Artist November 19

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Live-action drama about Shigeru Mizuki (Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro) at Japan Embassy.

When this story was reported yesterday, the original headline wrongly gave the screening date as November 17, not November 19, and the text gave the day as Thursday rather than Tuesday. Apologies for these errors.

On Tuesday November 19, the Japan Embassy in London will hold a screening of a live-action Japanese film, The Wife of Gegege, about the life of manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, who created the hugely popular children's anime/manga supernatural character Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro. Made in 2010, the film is directed by Takuji Suzuki and runs 119 minutes.

The screening is free, but tickets must be booked in advance by email, instructions here. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the film begins at 6.30 p.m. The embassy is between Green Park and HYDE Park Corner underground stations (map).

From the website:

A heartwarming story depicting the younger days of Shigeru Mizuki, the author of “Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro”, the well-known comic on 'yokai' (supernatural beings), and his wife, who supported him through the years.

In 1961, 29-year-old Nunoe and Shigeru, who lost his left arm in the war, get married, just five days after being introduced at a matchmaking meeting. They move to Tokyo and endure a life of abysmal poverty.

The film is based on Nunoe's autobiography and focuses mainly on their days as newlyweds when they lived through extreme hardship. A heart-warming account of their struggles as they start a life together.

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