Barbican Film: Japanimation 2007 Cinema Hotline: 0845 120 7527

The ever-popular Japanimation returns on 30 October with a series of monthly screenings that revisit classic stories and themes and look at the relationship of anime with world visual culture. Each screening will be introduced by anime expert and co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia Helen McCarthy.

Tuesday 30 October, 8.30pm
Romeo X Juliet (15) (Japan 2007 Dir. Fumitoshi Oizaki 75 min)
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the tale of young love and the fall-out when it collides with adult rules, has been constantly revisited by filmmakers. For this first Japanimation screening, Barbican Film presents this latest version of the classic tale from “Gonzo”, one of Japan's leading animation studios.

The aerial island city of Neo Verona is the setting for this anime updating of the Bard's tale of star crossed lovers. Rescued by her father's servants Juliet is the sole survivor of the murderous mutiny which saw the ruling Capulets decimated by the tyrannical Montagues. Fourteen years later she meets their son Romeo, and falling in love, the doomed couple face a future shaped by the cruel hand of fate.

Three episodes will be screened, followed by a discussion with Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, authors of Anime Encyclopedia, and a representative of GDH International.

Tuesday 27 November
Speed of 5 Centimeters per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters) (cert TBC) (Japan 2007 Makoto Shinkai 63 min)
A new wave of anime creators are making films on their own terms, without studio control. Be they renegades who've rejected the traditional method of climbing the career ladder at a studio or studio workers creating their own work after hours, these anime indies use off-the-shelf technology to create their own animations then find audiences through competitions or distribution on the internet.

A poster boy for this independent anime is Makoto Shinkai, whose 2002 breakthrough Voices of a Distant Star heralded the then amateur animator as ‘the new Miyazaki’. With his delightful new feature the director shoulders that weight of expectation effortlessly. Speed of 5 Centimeters per Second follows teenagers Takaki and Akari in love, loss and longing while the everyday is revealed to be remarkable, with youth's brief flowering symbolised by the 5cm per second speed at which the cherry blossoms. Cinema Hotline: 0845 120 7527

£8.50 (£7 members and concessions)
£4.50 under 15s
Special Offer: Buy 3 or more tickets for £6 each.

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