The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organization in the UK, focused on film-making and television promotion and preservation. The organization maintains a library of over 11,000 titles of various cultural and historical significance. They also run the BFI Southbank cinema, which holds four screens for curated programming throughout the week. This April and May, the BFI aims to show the British public that anime can be much more than “Post-apocalyptic worlds, fetishized characters and ultraviolence…”, by promoting a special block of programming spanning the history of the genre, from it’s origination to some of the latest international hit films, and truly represents a wide variety of films that can appeal to fans of more than just action!
As part of GKids’ year-long Studio Ghibli Fest film series, in association with Fathom Events, select theaters nationwide will be proudlu screening Hayao Miyazaki’s highly-acclaimed animated adventure, Spirited Away. Tickets are now on sale via GKids with dates set to watch the film in English Dub on October 27 and 30, and in English Sub format on October 28.
Moviegoers in Japan can expect director Hiyao Miyazaki’s 1979 Lupin III film, The Castle Of Cagliostro, to be re-released with a new digital remastering as soon as May 9, with other territories to follow suit. This week, however, it was during a recent exclusive TBS morning broadcast that the first footage from Azumi (2003) director Ryuhei Kitamura‘s own upcoming live action adaptation of the initial Monkey Punch manga went public, featuring lead actor and fellow Azumi co-star Shun Ogiri in the title role.
The teaser footage also comes after roughly a year of some heavily active speculation regarding the possibility of the acclaimed filmmaker returning to helm a much-desired sequel to his 2000 cult favorite, Versus. I’ve been a fan of Kitamura since college, and I can’t wait to see what happens next with his career in directing. And by all means, if Kitamura still supports the idea of an American remake of said film, that’s fine by me, but as long as he’s the one in the director’s seat. Until then, I’ll take what I can get, and I look forward to Lupin III when it comes out following its Japan release beginning August 30.
Lupin III also reunites Kitamura and Ogiri with fellow Azumi scribe Mataichiro Yamamoto for the screenplay, and also stars Tetsuji Tamayama as Daisuke Jigen, actress Go Ayano as Goemon Ishikawa, actor Tadanobu Asano as Detective Kōichi Zenigata, and Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko Mine. Jerry Yan, South Korean singer Kim Joon and Thailand actor Thanayong Wongtrakul round out the cast.
Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and Zenigata come together for the first time as Lupin and his crew attempt to steal the “Crimson Heart of Cleopatra” which is held in a giant high-security safe called the “Ark of Navarone”.
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