In February and March 2013 The Japan Foundation´s Touring Film Programme hits the UK presenting Japanese films in movie theaters across the isles. This year´s tour goes under the name Once Upon a Time in Japan and has the anime Mai Mai Miracle from 2009 on the menu.
See the full list of movies and dates here.
A lot to be exited about in the year 2013, the world didn´t end in 2012 and this summer Studio Ghibli is scheduled to release two films on the same day!
The first is written and directed by Hayao Miyasaki himself and is called The Wind Rises, where we get to know the story behind Jiro Horikoshi. He is the man that designed fighter jets used by Japan during World War II, among them the most famous and feared jet of the war; the Zero. The second movie is Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari (Japanese title), a movie based on an old Japanese folktale (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter).
Both these movies have a very Japanese theme, one tells of a Japanese engineer during WWII and the other is based on a Japanese folktale. Neither story is widely known in the West, so it begs the question if Studio Ghibli can still convince us with their superior animation and storytelling.
Traditional Japanese artwork picurig a scene from The tale of the Bamboo Cutter
First of all: Happy New Year!
2012 will always be remembered here at Mangapolis as the year where it all started. And what a start it has been! But this is of course only the beginning! For 2013 Mangapolis has even bigger plans and even more projects in the pipeline. Without revealing too much I can tell you now that in 2013 Mangapolis will not only be experienced in the movie theaters. One of our goals is to explore new arenas for entertainment. We hope to make Mangapolis an interactive project where the fans and professional contributors will take part. A lofty goal, but that´s the Mangapolis spirit!