Barbican Film Aspects of Japanese Cinema

Sep 21st 2010
Aspects of Japanese Cinema
Kenji Mizoguchi, Akira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano plus GirlsWorld: Women In Contemporary Japanese Cinema and Japanimation

Tuesday 19 October to Sunday 19 December 2010
barbican.org.uk/film Box Office: 0845 120 7527


For two months, from 19 October to 19 December, Barbican Film presents an impressive programme of Japanese film, which complements Barbican Art Gallery's Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion.

The programme includes three Directorspectives focusing of the work of Japanese film directors from three different eras of cinema, for whom costume and set design formed a critical element of their work – Kenji Mizoguchi, Akira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano.

The Mizoguchi Directorspective launches on Sunday 24 October with a screening, introduced by Japanese film expert Tony Rayns, of The Water Magician accompanied, for the first time in the UK, by benshi narration and live traditional Japanese musical accompaniment on the koto.

The season also features GirlsWorld, a series of contemporary Japanese films focusing on women, including a Cosplay special event on Saturday 6 November, and a schlockfest double bill for Halloween, as well as two Japanimation screenings.

All films are in Japanese with English subtitles unless otherwise stated.

BARBICAN FILM REGULARS

JAPANIMATION: xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream + Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE The Movie: Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom – Tuesday 19 October

Barbican Film's regular Japanimation slot focuses on CLAMP, the successful all-female Japanese mangaka group, with a double bill introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy.
8.30pm – xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream (PG*) (Japan 2005 Dir. Tsutomu Mizushima 60 min)
xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in a mysterious mansion, where guests begin to disappear one by one during a very strange auction.
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Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE The Movie: Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom
(PG*) (Japan 2005 Dir. Itsuro Kawasaki 35 min)
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE The Movie: Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom is adapted from the Reservoir Chronicle, one of the most popular manga ever created. Set in a virtual paradise trembling on the edge of existence, the film features an evil king who seeks the end to light and happiness and a princess.

JAPANIMATION – Sunday 7 November
2.15pm – The Great Adventure of Hutch, the Honeybee
(U*) (Japan 2010 Dir. Tetsuro Amino 101 min) introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy
As part of this year's London Children's Film Festival (3), Helen McCarthy introduces The Great Adventure of Hutch, the Honeybee, a delightful new remake of a classic children's anime series, broadcast in the UK in the 1970s. After the hive is attacked by hornets, Hutch and his human companion Amy overcome a host of obstacles as they attempt to rescue his mother the Queen who has been kidnapped by the evil invaders.
In Japanese with English subtitles and simultaneous translation. A limited amount of headsets are available for original Japanese dialogue.

Ticket prices:
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Standard: £10.50 / £8.50 online
Members: £8.50 / £6.50 online
Concessions: £7.50
Under 15: £5.50

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