By Jasper Sharp.It is that time of year again, as the tumbling temperatures, dwindling daylight hours and falling leaves signal the last gasp of summer, that UK film fans can take heart in the knowledge that a new season is just about to dawn – the film festival season. The past weeks have seen programme announcements from BFI London Film Festival (5th-16th Oct) and Raindance (running 21st Sep-2nd Oct) for those in London, while the ceaselessly inventive Leeds International Film Festival will be celebrating its 30th anniversary between 3rd-17th November. All have done their fair share of championing Japanese film and animation over the years, but certainly none are as relevant to this site as Scotland Loves Anime, which will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh between 14th-23rd October.
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We're concluding this week with some very exciting news! We (Anime Limited) are delighted to announced that we are bringing Your Name, the latest and great film from Makoto Shinkai (The Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in our Early Days) to the United Kingdom and Ireland!
We're going to be doing this in a very special way as there will be the opportunity to see this on the big screen across the United Kingdom and in Ireland from 24th November, with cinemas open for ticket sales right now! But that's not all as it's been announced that the film will be the first animated film to ever be in competition at the world famous London Film Festival in October, and will be in competition at Scotland Loves Anime 2016 too. All the details on these can be found below.
As if that wasn't enough we can also confirm that we (Anime Limited / All The Anime) will bring this wonderful film to both Blu-ray and DVD in 2017. More details will follow on that specifically as they become available next year.
Synopsis: "Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never visited.
What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in the latest film from the acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai."
“I saw it at Anime Expo and honestly was blown away" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "This is Makoto Shinkai at the top of his game with the most engaging, exciting story to date! Along with the rest of the huge hall, I was in tears by the end of the emotional rollercoaster. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and overall - it’s a really heartwarming story. Definitely a big screen experience."
Yes you read that right! Your Name is in competition at the London Film Festival this October. For ticket information please visit the BFI SITE HERE.
Please see the press release below.
MAKOTO SHINKAI’S “YOUR NAME” TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT THE 60TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
The 60th BFI London Film Festival announces that for the first time in its history, it will host a Japanese animated film in competition.
Blending comedy, drama, heartbreak and wonder, Your Name is directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is often hailed as Japan’s successor to Hayao Miyazaki. In Your Name, Shinkai creates a film which leaps between the urban bustle of central Tokyo and the rural beauty of a country backwater, presented in the radiant detail that have made Shinkai’s films beloved by animation fans.
Your Name is the story of a teenage boy and girl who have never met, but who start to magically swap minds and live each other’s lives. Mitsuha, a teenage girl student, lives in a small mountain town, but longs for the bright lights of Tokyo far away. Then she is astonished to wake one morning in the body of Taki, a teenage Tokyo schoolboy – who in turn wakes up in Mitsuha’s body!
Switching back and forth between two lives, locations and genders, Mitsuha and Taki must cope with their fantastic shared situation. At first they are outraged and mortified by what’s happening, but soon they start enjoying their double lives, though they never meet directly. Eventually, though, one of the youngsters will learn the devastating truth behind what’s happening…
Released in Japan this August, Your Name was an instant hit, shooting to the top of the box-office charts. Both the modern and traditional sides of Japan are shown with extraordinary realism, the modern infrastructure of Tokyo and the ancient Shinto traditions of Mitsuha’s rural home. (The traditional way of making “sake” is shown – it’s not what you’d expect.)
Shinkai’s previous films include The Garden of Words, Journey to Agartha, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Typically, Shinkai shows young protagonists with a spiritual link who are kept tragically apart – a motif taken to metaphysical levels in Your Name. As well as directing, Shinkai created Your Name’s story, and handled the film’s script, storyboard and editing. He also wrote the film’s novelisation, already published in Japan.
In addition, the director employed the talents of acclaimed animation professionals. Your Name’s Animation Director is Masashi Ando, one of the three Animation Directors on the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Ando took the same role on Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-nominated When Marnie Was There, and on two celebrated films by the director Satoshi Kon, Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers.
Your Name’s Character Designer is Masayoshi Tanaka, who took that role on the animated Anthem of the Heart, which was shown in this year’s Japan Foundation touring film programme.
Ryonosuke Kamiki voices Taki, Your Name’s male protagonist. Back at the age of seven, Kamiki voiced the giant baby Boh in Spirited Away. Kamiki also featured in Howl’s Moving Castle, Arrietty, and he voiced the hero in Mamoru Hosoda’s film Summer Wars.
Your Name’s music includes more than twenty pieces by the hugely popular Japanese rock band RADWIMPS.
Following its UK premiere at the London Film Festival, Your Name will open nationwide at 78 UK cinemas on November 24. The UK is one of the first countries outside Japan where the release plans for the film have been announced.
As if being in competition at London Film Festival wasn't enough, Your Name is also set to be in competition at the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival. You can find all the details for the festival at LovesAnimation.com
As we mentioned above you will have the opportunity to see Your Name in cinemas across the UK from 24th November 2016. You will be able to catch the film in 78 locations across the United Kingdom & Ireland and you can book your tickets today at the dedicated website for the film, YourNameTheMovie.co.uk
You'll be able to catch the film at
UPDATED: 17th October 2016 - more locations added plus language specifications
*indicates new location added to list as part of 17th October update.
NOTE: At time of writing not all locations have tickets available to purchase. But they should be on sale soon.
Please note that there will screenings in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dubbed screenings too! Please check respective cinema listings for details on languages the film be screened in.
We will also add that if there is demand for more screenings, we will certainly investigate to see if anything is possible. But currently these are the 78 locations where you will be able to see the film.
Everyone at Anime Limited is delighted we're able to bring this film to the UK in our largest nationwide theatrical screening run to date! We really want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to catch this film on the big screen, so we hope you're looking forward to doing so as much as we are.
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Tetsuya Nakashima’s 2010 movie Confessions, in which an embittered teacher avenged the death of her child at the hands of schoolchildren, caused plenty of commotion on its overseas release. World of Kanako continues Nakashima’s trawl into the darker recesses of the soul and will similarly divide opinion. Adapted from by Akio Fukamachi’s novel Hateshinaki Kawaki (Limitless Thirst – the film’s Japanese means just plan Thirst), it makes for grueling viewing, and while it is difficult not to admire its dazzling technical accomplishments, its numerous graphic excesses make it a difficult film to like. Continue Reading