by Spank the Monkey This year’s Japan Foundation film season – entitled Once Upon A Time In Japan, and touring the UK’s arthouse cinemas from today – has a historical flavour to it. All of the films are period pieces of one type or another, showing how Japanese filmmakers use stories of the past to … Continue reading Once Upon A Time In Japan
Spank The Monkey presents his annual round-up of the Japan Foundation’s touring film programme, playing in selected UK cinemas from February 5th to March 26th 2016.
Spank The Monkey previews the Japan Foundation’s 2015 touring film programme, in UK cinemas from January 30th to March 26th.
Spank The Monkey previews the 2017 edition of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, showing in cinemas around the UK for the next two months
Spank The Monkey previews the Japan Foundation’s 2014 touring film programme, which brings a selection of recent Japanese movies to cinemas across the UK from January 31st to March 27th.
by Spank the Monkey Last month in London, the HK15 Film Festival provided a rare opportunity to see old and new Hong Kong movies on the big screen. It was organised by the people behind the Terracotta Far East Film Festival, which I’ve previously covered for this site. At the Closing Gala, festival boss Joey Leung … Continue reading #KeepAsianCinemaInUKCinemas
by Spank The Monkey Mostly Film’s coverage of the 2011 Terracotta Far East Film Festival contained more than its fair share of drama. Aside from the concentrated dose of Asian cinema that Joey Leung and his programming team reliably deliver, there was also the element of jeopardy which came out of my watching 11 movies in … Continue reading Terracottadammerung 2012
by Spank The Monkey As far as I’m concerned, it was my pal The Belated Birthday Girl who spotted it first. In 2008 she spent three months in Japan studying the language, and while she was there she got in some additional practice by seeing a Japanese film at the cinema every week. (Yeah, it’s … Continue reading Whose Film Is It Anyway?