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Preview – Summer Explorers 2019: Manga Comes To Life – Live Action Japanese Films Based on Manga, The British Library, July 27-28
10 July, 2019
Love Japanese films and passionate about manga? Then the special summer film season, Summer Explorers 2019: Manga Comes To Life – Live Action Japanese Film Based on Manga will satisfy both of those tastes with a refreshing combination of the two. Presented by The Japan Foundation and the British Library, the season will be held at the British Library from July 27-28.
Manga, or Japanese comic books, is an
art medium which has enjoyed widespread popularity both at home in Japan, as
well as globally abroad, for many decades now. A 4 billion dollar a year
industry, manga does not just play a pivotal role in the publication media but
it also provides a great source of inspiration to filmmakers and other
creatives, due to its narrative nature which explores intricate storylines as
well as animated characters. Action or love story, comedy or drama, manga is a
mirror reflecting the realities and ideas of the Japanese society.
From over the top, offbeat narratives of psychic teenagers and
upstart political wrangling in a high school environment, to spectacular
battles between good and evil, and stories of tender friendships, this mini
film programme aims to showcase some of the most recent and representative
adaptations, demonstrating the plotlines that these illustrated publications
have provided film creatives.
The programme in full:
(Dir. Shinsuke Sato, 2018, 127 min,
Retired salaryman Inuyashiki (Noritake Kinashi) has his life turned upside down when he is given a diagnosis of terminal cancer. After he is involved in an accident which bestows him with supernatural powers, will he use them for good or evil? Based on a manga from the author of Gantz. With introduction by Dr Rayna Denison of UEA on Saturday.
Screening on: Sat 27 July at 12:00pm and Sun 28 July at 4:40pm
and Utsumi (Dir. Tatsushi Ohmori, 2016,
75 min, English Subtitles)
Despite having opposite personalities,
high school students Utsumi (Sosuke Ikemastu) and Seto (Masaki Suda) are the
best of friends, whiling away their days together and never running out of
things to talk about. But when a girl (Ayami Nakajo) appears on the scene, will
their friendship remain the same?
Screening on: Sat 27 July at 3:00pm
Battle of Supreme High (Dir. Akira Nagai, 2017, 118
min, English Subtitles)
Bribery, sabotage, and scandals are the
order of the day in the elite Kaitei High School where an upcoming election for
the next class president provides the relentlessly ambitious Teiichi (Masaki
Suda) with an arena for some underhanded scheming.
Screening on: Sat 27 July at 4:45pm and Sun 28 July at 12:00pm
Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (a.k.a. Psychic Kusuo) (Dir. Yuichi Fukuda, 2017, 97 min, English Subtitles)
This adaptation of Shuichi Aso’s mega-hit
absurdist manga of the same title follows the life of Kusuo Saiki (Kento
Yamazaki), a powerful psychic who hates attracting attention but who
inexplicably finds himself resolving a variety of calamities caused by his
classmates, with the use of his powers.