Free one-day Japanese film festival coming to Norwich

The Curve 120 seat multi media auditorium inside The Forum Photo: Bill Smith The Curve 120 seat multi media auditorium inside The Forum Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
12:47 PM

A free one-day film festival will mark the end of a popular series of Japanese cinema screenings called ‘Japanese Art Through Films’.

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Hosted by the University of East Anglia’s School of Film, Television and Media, the festival on Saturday, June 7, brings together the best of Japanese cinema currently available in the UK.

The first two films are anime Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda, one of Japan’s rising stars of anime, and Mai Mai Miracle, an anime film reminiscent of the best of Studio Ghibli’s filmmaking, both suitable for families with children old enough to read subtitles.

They will be followed by classic crime film Stray Dog, from Seven Samurai director Akira Kurosawa, and Villain, which the Japan Times called the Best Film of 2010.

Rayna Denison, lecturer in the School of Film, Television and Media Studies at UEA, said: “These films are among the biggest and best that Japanese filmmakers have produced - new and old - and they are worth seeing because they speak to universal themes of family, friendship and fantasy in the case of the animation, and cultural anxieties, fear and personal responsibility in the case of latter two films.”

The free screenings will take place in The Curve in The Forum from midday on Saturday June 7. No booking needed. See www.mangamoviesproject.com/screenings

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