This July and August, the Japan Foundation are bringing their Summer Explorers! anime screenings back to London, once again free of charge. The two parts of the event will take place in Piccadilly on July 30th, then in Shoreditch on August 6th. The films being shown include Tamako Love Story (pictured above, the movie spin-off of anime TV series Tamako Market), Princess Arete, an early project of Mai Mai Miracle and In This Corner of the World director Sunao Katabuchi, and Mind Game from The Tatami Galaxy and Ping Pong director Masaaki Yuasa.
In their announcement, The Japan Foundation said:
Following the popularity of last year’s Summer Explorers, The Japan Foundation have come back with many more anime films to brighten your summer days! Over two Saturdays this summer in London, The Japan Foundation will present a twofold programme of anime film screenings at BAFTA in Piccadilly (30 July 2016), and also at Rich Mix in Shoreditch (6 August 2016). This entertaining collection of films will provide a colourful introduction to the different aspects of Japanese animated films – a genre popular all around the world. For people who are interested in learning Japanese, there will be some Japanese Language Taster Sessions at Summer Explorers! 2 on 30 July.
Though all the screenings listed below are free to attend, advance booking is required, so be sure to visit the Japan Foundation’s website to book your seats.
Summer Explorers! 2 – Part One (Saturday July 30th 2016, BAFTA)
Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN (directions) Time: 11:30am to 17:00pm
Hanakappa: Adventure in the Butterfly Kingdom (Kazumi Nonaka, 2013, 60 min)
Hanakappa discovers that his and his friends’ mothers have all been kidnapped and sets off on a journey to the “Butterfly Kingdom” to rescue them in a fun story of courage, friendship and the bonds between parents and their children.
Recommended for ages 8+ (English subtitles)
Princess Arete (Sunao Katabuchi, 2001, 105 min)
12:30pm (featuring introduction by Helen McCarthy)
Kept in a castle by her father, Princess Arete spends her days watching the world go by when one day a wizard offers to marry her and take her away, but will Princess Arete finally be free or will she just be imprisoned by another keeper?
Recommended for ages 8+ (English subtitles) [The film is directed by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, In This Corner of the World), and adapted from a British children’s book, The Sensible Princess by Diana Coles.]
Tamako Love Story (Naoko Yamada, 2014, 83 min)
A light-hearted depiction of the ordinary but fun life of Tamako, the daughter of a mochi (Japanese rice cake) shop owner, and her blossoming romance with a childhood friend, Mochizo. [This is the feature film spinoff of the Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market.]
Recommended for ages 12+ (English subtitles)
Summer Explorers! 2 – Part Two (Saturday, August 6th 2016, Rich Mix)
Venue: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA (directions) Time: 12:45pm to 16:30pm
After School Midnighters (Hitoshi Takekiyo, 2012, 95 min)
Kunstlijk, an anatomical model that stands in a school’s science room and who comes to life at night, plots a plan for revenge after three naughty students decide to vandalise and dress him up in silly clothes.
Age Classification (TBC) (English subtitles)
Mind Game (Masaaki Yuasa, 2004, 103 min)
A typical love story it may seem, but things take a strange turn when wannabe cartoonist Nishi, who is given a second chance at life, is reunited with his high school crush, Myon.
Recommended for ages 18+ (English subtitles)