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New Directors From Japan: Kickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign

July 18, 2014 2 comments

Third Window Films is pleased to announce the Crowd-Funding Launch of a planned Dual Format 3-disc Limited Edition of New Directors From Japan!

New Directors From JapanKickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign now live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/893976289/new-directors-from-japan

Popular independent UK film distribution company Third Window Films has always tried hard to bring a wide variety of films from the Far East to the West, from big studio productions to minor indie masterpieces, and this project is another step in our goal to open up the West to what’s so great about Asian cinema! Read more…

Event: MCM Manchester Comic Con 19-20 JULY

MCM Comic Con is back in Manchester …and this time it’s for the whole weekend!

MCM Comic Con Manchester logoCalling all sci-fi fans, film buffs, comic collectors, anime enthusiasts, gamers and cosplayers! Following last year’s record attendance, MCM Manchester Comic Con returns to Manchester Central bigger and better than ever. Running over a full weekend for the first time, the show takes place on 19-20 July, playing host to everything from Read more…

MCM Comic Con Comes To Belfast

June 4, 2014 2 comments

 Special guests includes voice artist D.C. Douglas one (Resident Evil 5 and Tekken 6)!

MCM Belfast 2014When: 7 – 8 June 2014

Where: Kings Hall Pavilions, Belfast, Ireland

Calling all sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts! MCM Comic Con comes to Belfast for the very first time on 7-8 June, and we’ve got a show jam-packed with geeky goodness in store for you. Here’s a round-up of just some of the special guests and attractions that you’ll find at the inaugural MCM Belfast Comic Con: Read more…

DVD Review: Shady – A Film By Ryohei Watanabe

May 13, 2014 2 comments

 Watanabe manages to evoke the depression associated with being alone at school!

Shady DVD cover (Image: ©Third Window Films)High school life is a daunting time for older teens, but in Shady director Ryohei Watanabe successfully illustrates how bad it can get. The loneliness aspect is a large issue in most Japanese movies about school life and this is a good example of how an isolated person can be influenced by someone else. Here Misa Kumada and Izumi Kiyone are two girls who share the same pain of being loathed and bullied but for different reasons. Misa is seen as an unattractive girl who is the subject of much hatred while Izumi is the pretty girl everyone wants to be and as a result envies.  Misa sits at her desk and hides her Read more…

Press Release: Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Cardiff, Wales

Saturday 7th June 2014 – Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre

Saturday 21st June 2014 – Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Kotatsu FestivalIt’s nearly time for this year’s Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, so we would like to take this opportunity to notify all our newsletter subscribers about this year’s programme and the exciting Read more…

WIN An Official Patema Inverted Quad Poster

May 10, 2014 10 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

patema inverted posterThe stunning animation, Patema Inverted, is an action-packed, gravity-defying adventure that turns the heroine’s world upside down and challenges the characters perspectives of their own worlds.

With amazing visuals, likeable leads, an exciting storyline and inventive action sequences Patema Inverted is a truly spectacular sci-fi adventure that is sure to keen everyone in the family entertained.

Patema Inverted is released in cinemas from May 2nd and we have the opportunity to win an Official Quad Poster for the film. Read more…

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…

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 2 comments

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…

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/Blu-ray Review: The Woodsman And The Rain – A Film By Shuichi Okita

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

A gentle story of a local woodsman who forms a friendship with a young director of a zombie film!

The Woodsman and the RainIn The Woodsman and the Rain (Kitsutsuki to Ame), 60 year-old lumberjack Katsu (Koji Yakusho) is about to undergo a life changing experience, but is at first reluctant to have his run of the mill life interrupted by a film crew that arrives in his hometown to shoot a zombie movie.

Director Shuichi Okita (The Chef of South Polar, City Boys’ Film Noir) shows the normal everyday life of a woodcutter, Katsu and how it changes when he is asked to help out the young withdrawn director, Koichi (Shun Oguri) by assisting with location scouting since he is a local and knows the 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…

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