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MCM Birmingham Comic Con & Memotabilia – NEC – 22-23 MARCH 2014

Birmingham Comic Con to host UK’s first showing of ‘Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day’

MCM_ComicCon_Birmingham_h_000Anime and manga fans rejoice! Bandai Namco Games will be giving visitors to this weekend’s MCM Birmingham Comic Con the first UK showing of the unique anime and videogame package, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, as well as a hands-on with epic manga-based fighter JoJo’s Read more…

Wolf Children DVD Competition Now Closed And The Winners Are…

January 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Competition is now closed and two winners have been chosen!

Wolf Children DVDThanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Wolf Children DVD.

Initially Diverse Japan was giving away just one copy of Wolf Children, but now will be giving away two copies.

And the winners are… Read more…

WIN Wolf Children DVD – NOW CLOSED!

December 22, 2013 69 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

Wolf Children DVDPart slice-of-life drama about the joys and tribulations of single mother Hana raising her half-wolf kids, part rite-of-passage movie about finding your place in the world, Wolf Children is a funny, moving and accessible film directed by a true anime great.

After receiving an abundance of praise from its theatrical release (it was the second-highest grossing film in Japan on its debut weekend of 21–22 July 2012), we are pleased to say that we have a DVD copy to give away to Read more…

Interview: Director Kayoko Asakura Talks ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’

November 20, 2013 Leave a comment

‘I made it a precedence to try and create a very visual form of storytelling!’ (Kayoko Asakura)

(Copyright Kayoko Asakura. All rights reserved)Kayoko Asakura is a writer, director, editor and producer. She took on these roles collectively for her first short entitled Off Season released in 2010. Her other work includes the TV movie Kaidan shin mimibukuro hyaku Monogatari (2010) and the short Hide and Seek (2013), a things-are-not-what-they-seem story about a girl who takes private koto lessons. But Asakura’s most ambitious work so far is her debut feature film It’s a Beautiful Day, an American and Japanese produced graphic Read more…

DVD/Blu-ray Review: It’s A Beautiful Day (Kuso subarashii kono sekai)

November 20, 2013 1 comment

An Asian/American horror film directed by Kayoko Asakura!

It's a Beautiful daySet in California, It’s a Beautiful Day (‘Kuso subarashii kono sekai’), directed by Kayoko Asakura (‘Hide and Seek’), is an infusion of Asian and American horror with ample gory and brutal moments involving disfigurement that will gratify the most hardened splatter fan.

Ah-Jung, played by Kkobbi Kim, is a Korean student studying in America. She’s been invited by her Japanese friend Takako (Amagi Chika) to accompany her and a group of four other Japanese students on a trip to Read more…

Two Films By Director Kayoko Asakura To Premiere At Bram Stoker International Film Festival

October 16, 2013 2 comments

Date: 24 – 27 October 2013

Venue: Whitby Pavilion West Cliff Whitby North Yorkshire YO21 3EN

It's a Beautiful Day posterThe 5th Bram Stoker International Film Festival will be hosting the UK premiere of two films by up and coming debut Japanese director Kayoko Asakura. The horror feature “It’s a Beautiful Day” and the ghostly short “Hide and Seek”. This double bill will screen on Sunday 27th October 2013 at 1.30pm. Sourced by Andrew Kirkham (Silk Purse Enterprises) on behalf of Read more…

WIN Space Battleship Yamato DVD

August 18, 2013 11 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

space-battleship-yamato-eac-2An epic space odyssey takes to the stars in Space Battleship Yamato, the most expensive film ever made in Japan. With an out of this world budget, this intergalactic blockbuster takes viewers into deep space and beyond for a war set to bring the human race to its knees!

To celebrate the release of Space Battleship Yamato (Manga Entertainment UK) which comes to home entertainment Monday 19th August (available from Amazon.co.uk), we have a copy on DVD to Read more…

SADO Tempest UK Screening At Sci-Fi London Festival 2013

A haunting Japanese cinematic rendition of the Shakespeare play “The Tempest”!

Sado TempestDate: 6 May 2013

Time: 16.15

Venue: Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Road, E15 1BX London

Includes a Q&A with Producer Paul Smith after screening. Read more…

‘Terracotta Film Club’ Presents Samurai Masterpiece Lady Snowblood

Venue: Prince Charles Cinema London

Date: Wednesday 24 April

Lady Snowblood‘Terracotta Film Club’ will present a Japanese classic from legendary director Toshiya Fujita for its 4th edition.

This blood-splattered Samurai masterpiece from the golden age of Japanese cult cinema is credited as the main inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL series. LADY SNOWBLOOD is a 1973 Japanese film based on a manga and set in Read more…

HYPER JAPAN 2013 Tickets Now On Sale!

Date: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July 2013
Venue: Earls Court Two, Earls Court, London

Hyper Japan 2013HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool, is back for 2013. Diverse exhibitors, stores, performers and fans will once again come together to bring the very best of contemporary and traditional Japan to the heart of London. Since the first HYPER JAPAN in 2010, there have three subsequent events, each one more popular than the Read more…

Koichi Sakamoto Directs Nao Nagasawa And Ayumi Kinoshita In Travelers: Dimension Police

March 3, 2013 11 comments

Sexy Nagasawa and Kinoshita kick ass in new action-packed sci-fi drama!

Travelers Police Dimension (C)2013 Next Media Animation Limited. All rights reserved. pic 3You may recall in February 2012 when Diverse Japan interviewed Nao Nagasawa (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Playgirls 2012) that she mentioned she was going to Taiwan the following month to begin shooting her next action movie. DJ can now reveal that the film she spoke of is a sci-fi action adventure called Travelers: Dimension Police directed by Read more…

NEO Magazine Issue107 Profiles Gravure Idol/Actress Saaya Irie – OUT NOW!

January 25, 2013 1 comment

Double cover issue – Plus the Best Of 2012 as voted for by YOU!!

NEO issue # 107 Saaya Irie profileNEO magazine profiles sexy idol and actress Saaya [Irie] highlighting some of her best bits. PLUS the votes are in! Find out the hottest names in anime, manga and 11 other categories in Asian entertainment as voted for by YOU, the British public. Oh yes, the winners of the NEO Awards 2012, sponsored by MCM Comic Con, are here and Read more…

DVD Review: The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker

January 17, 2013 1 comment

 A charming and quirky story with an unexpected twist!

The Foreign Duck the Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker DVD coverStudent Shiina (Gaku Hamada) moves into an apartment in  Sendai. One day while Shiina is outside getting the rubbish ready, Kawasaki (Eita) comes along and asks him in for a drink and a chat.

Shiina thinks this will be a normal chat, but this is when the movie changes into one of strange proportions. After Kawasaki tells him of his younger life at high school, he also decides to ask his help with one of his neighbours, a Bhutanese man who hasn’t left his apartment in a long time. He tells Shiina Read more…

NEO Magazine Issue 106 Profiles Film Director Toshiaki Toyoda (9 Souls) OUT NOW!

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

A special double cover issue – Plus free MCM Comic Con cosplay 2013 diary!

NEO issue #106 Toshiaki Toyoda profileNEO magazine welcomes in the New Year with bumper coverage of the hottest titles UK-bound over the months ahead. From musical predictions to the best anime releases, NEO has all bases covered! Plus, plan your year in style with a free MCM Comic Con Cosplay 2013 Diary!

Then, flip the magazine over to discover everything you need to know about Ni no Kumi: Wrath of the Read more…

Voting Now Open For The NEO Awards 2012!

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment

The nominations are in!

After an intense year packed with the biggest franchises, the hottest new releases and some of the most exciting live shows to ever hit the United Kingdom, NEO Magazine puts the power in the hands of its reader to choose the Read more…

Film Review: Karakara – A Film By Claude Gagnon

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Karakara: An onomatopoeic Japanese word meaning rattle!

Pierre a 61 year old retired professor from Montreal played by Gabriel Arcand attends a Qigong retreat in Okinawa intending to make a solitary exploration of Okinawa and its islands after the retreat is over. He has reached a point in his life where the recent death of his best friend and his own advancing years have triggered an existential crisis.

By chance Pierre connects with Junko an English speaking downtrodden abused housewife played by Youki Kudoh and her friend Akemi played by Read more…

Film Review: Dead Sushi – A Film By Noboru Iguchi Starring Rina Takeda

October 31, 2012 1 comment

More pandemonium from the director of Machine Girl!

The unrelenting filmmaker Noboru Iguchi (TOMIE Unlimited) has presented audiences around the globe with part mechanical geisha that shoot ninja throwing stars from their buttocks; vengeful schoolgirls with lethal weaponry in place of certain limbs; and a motorcycle that transforms into a karate robot. As wacky as these concepts may be, they actually seem quite credible when compared to his latest offering Dead Sushi, an outrageous cinematic feast that has a cute karate girl taking on Read more…

Quebec Cinema Showcase Featuring “Karakara” Starring Youki Kudoh

October 30, 2012 4 comments

Venue: Institut Français 17 Queensberry Place London SW7 2DT

Date: 2-4 November 2012

Cinema from Québec is currently enjoying the international spotlight with two films – Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar – shortlisted for best foreign language Oscars in the past two years, as well as a BAFTA nomination for Incendies. Québécois director, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore starring Vanessa Paradis, has also garnered Read more…

MCM London Comic Con October 2012 Line-Up

October 24, 2012 3 comments

Games, sci-fi, comics, anime and cosplay!

26-28 October 2012

ExCel London

MCM Expo London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 26-28 October and there’s a brilliant line-up of special guests, games, sci-fi, comics, anime and cosplay content to entertain the Read more…

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