Japanese animation at the NFT in August
Makoto Shinkai in Conversation + Voices of a Distant Star
+ She and Her Cat
(Fri 12 Aug)Kakurenbo
[hide and seek] + Paranoia Agent
Episodes 1-3 (Fri 12 Aug)Perfect Blue
(Sat 13 Aug/Sun 14 Aug)Millenium Actress
(Sat 13 Aug/Mon 15 Aug)Tokyo Godfathers
(Sun 14 Aug/Mon 15 Aug)Steamboy
(Sat 13 Aug/Sun 14 Aug/Tue 16 Aug)
After all my bitching about Steamboy
, the NFT are showing it before the London Film Festival. The minor issue is that it'll still cost about £12 but at least it's a couple of months sooner than I was expecting to see it.
I'm only interested in seeing that particular film as I've got all the others on DVD (bar Kakurenbo). Voices of a Distant Star
is about the teenage girl who is drafted into a distant inter-stellar war and the effect that relativity has on her relationship with her boyfriend who is left back on Earth. Surprisingly heart-wrenching for such a short film. I wish it could have been a feature-length film, and now that Makoto Shinkai has established himself, perhaps he will go back and remake it.Perfect Blue
is a disturbing and slightly mind-bending thriller/horror about a pop idol who leaves her band to become a film star and then gets stalked by a serial killer. Millennium Actress
is a tale of a famous film star who is interviewed to mark the closing down of her old film studio. More Kon weirdness in that the interviewers themselves are in the flashbacks to the past and I think they interact as well (but I haven't seen it so can't say for sure). Tokyo Godfathers
is a heart-warming Christmas tale about three homeless people and an abandoned baby, and is about as sappy as you can imagine but lovely for all that.
. I'm up for it. How about those of you who didn't make the SF Channel Film Festival in February?