» November, 2009

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Release Date Confirmed

News - by - November 26, 2009 - 17:44 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

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Copyright Capcom Entertainment

Capcom Entertainment, the legendary Japanese videogame company have recently announced that their latest Nintendo Wii videogame – Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars will be released on the 29th January 2010. This Wii Exclusive title features a number of action fighters, many of which have been around since the early 1990s.

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars will feature a number of anime characters and all of the usual Street Fighter characters many of which featured in our recently reviewed Street Fighter Five Disc release.

The game will feature online connectivity and will allow players to connect via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection that will allow players to face off online against one another from all over the world, with ranked battles that will feature on an online tracking system and a way to scout your opponent based on your own play level.

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars will not require a Friend Code to be entered before playing random matches, but also allows the flexibility to allow gamers to select specific friends with Friend Codes if they should wish.

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Remember, this title will be out on the 29th January 2010, exclusively for the Nintendo Wii.

Miyazaki’s Sherlock Hound Confirmed for the UK

News - by - November 25, 2009 - 17:11 Europe/London - 1 Comment

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Manga Entertainment are becoming known for securing the rights to some older anime and selling it in the UK, this has been especially noted with the old Miyazaki classic: Panda Go Panda!. Today it has been announced that they have secured the rights to another pre-Ghibli Miyazaki work – Sherlock Hound.

Sherlock Hound
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“Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) during his time at Japan’s largest animation studio, TMS. Before he went on to create Totoro and Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki captured a whole generation of childrens’ imaginations with his retelling of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries using a loveable cast of canines. For the first time ever in the UK, all 26 episodes of the cult toon classic are collected into one deluxe box set.

“Sherlock Hound”, released as either Famous Detective Holmes or Detective Holmes in Japan, is an anime based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series where all the characters are depicted as anthropomorphic animals, the majority dogs, though Holmes is a fox and his enemy Professor Moriarty is a wolf. The show featured regular appearances of Jules Verne-steampunk style technology, adding a 19th-century science-fiction atmosphere to the series. It consists of 26 episodes aired between 1984 and 1985.” – hmv

Available:
1st February 2010 – 5 Disc Complete Set

This classic Miyazaki series retells the famous Sherlock Holmes story as friendly dogs and is an easily accessable and adorable series. You can pre-order this now from hmv here.

Source: Manga Entertainment’s Twitter Feed

Scotland’s Biggest Free Convention Returns

News - by - November 24, 2009 - 09:15 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Scotland tends to get missed off of the anime spectrum, everything seems to occur in the South or at the very furthest North Leeds. This is going to be rectified by the second D-CON event.

D-CON is the biggest, free, anime convention in Scotland. Exhibitors and the public don’t pay a single penny (or sen, or yen for that matter) to enter or set up a stool. All you need to do is just turn up and start selling. All money any artist makes is kept by them and the public, well, they get a great day out.

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With support from MVM Entertainment, BORDERS and Tokyo15, D-CON is already gaining the support of many different companies across the company.

Where:
Dundee University Union Building

When:
6th and 7th March 2010

To get more information on D-CON, you can check out their official website here.

Source: UK Anime News

Barbican’s Evangelion 1.0 Tickets Available

News - by - November 23, 2009 - 20:47 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

barbicanThe London based Barbican Centre, one of the premier spots in London and the South for anime and all forms of cultural events have today confirmed that their Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone are available to buy today.

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
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“This epic tale of alien invasion sees the earth under attack from Angels, giant creatures who seek the destruction of the human race. After the second impact, all that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, and Earth’s last defence is the NERV organization’s and their Evas, giant mechas driven by bio-fused children.

Can reluctant rookie pilot Shinji Ikari, his young colleagues and their mega mechs save the world? An intriguing cast of characters enrich this psychedelic drama emblazoned with spectacular battle sequences. “The end is here…””

Screening:
26th January – 2030

The Barbican have been kind enough to send a couple of screenshots of the up and coming viewing across to us, just to whet your whistle if you have no seen the film just yet:

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You can buy tickets from the Barbican’s website here.

DVD Releases This Week

News - by - November 23, 2009 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

black catDon’t you know about the word? The Monday is the word, Monday, Monday, Monday. On this Monday, as with nearly all Monday’s a number of anime releases are being made available for general sale and distribution. Those two titles are as follows:

  • Black Cat – Complete Collection
  • Gurren Lagann Volume 3

As always, these two titles are available through all major retailers immediately.

More Anime Legends Titles Confirmed

News - by - November 22, 2009 - 21:22 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

beezOver the past few days there have been a number of rumours floating around the internet regarding Beez Entertainment’s Anime Legends brand and the latest titles that will be released under this sub-label. Today these rumours can be put to sleep as Anime UK News have confirmed with Andrew at Beez UK that there will be three new titles available in 2010. Those titles are as follows:

Gundam Seed Part 1
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“From acclaimed studio SUNRISE, which has produced the Gundam series for more than 30 years, comes for the first time a direct sequel to one of it’s Gundam Sagas. Prolonging the story and characters from Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny tackles various themes: like private weapons companies, the politics of war, the struggle for an elusive peace and the role of genetics engineering in a modern world.

Cosmic Era, year 73. The conflict that tore apart Earth and the space colonies – PLANT – for over a year and a half, has ended with the battle of Jakin Due. With the following negotiations, a peace treaty has been signed on the very grounds of the late tragedy of Junius 7, in order to crystallize everyone’s will for long term settlement.

While the world seems to be on the right track for stability, some forces are working to “clean up” the human race and, to that end, they are ready to plunge the world in total chaos yet again by scaring the masses so they can be easily manipulated.”

Available:
25th January 2010- 5 Disc Boxset

Eureka Seven Part 1 and 2
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“The setting of Eureka Seven takes place 10,000 years after humanity has made a mass exodus into space, due to the arrival of the Scub Coral, an intelligent, sentient life who merged with the planet, forcing the humans to abandon it.” – Thanks Wikipedia

Available:
Eureka Seven Part 1 – 22nd February 2010 – 5 Disc Boxset
Eureka Seven Part 2 – 22nd March 2010- 5 Disc Boxset

Following on from our recent news post about the new Anime Legends range, these titles are also following in the same pricing region. Look forward to more announcements in the coming weeks.

Source: UK Anime News

Barbican Confirms Additional Ponyo Screenings and Evangelion 1.0

News - by - November 21, 2009 - 13:53 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

By their own words, the Barbican is “The Barbican Centre is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, featuring art, film, music, theatre, dance and education all under one roof and under one creative direction.”. As such they are well known for being a bit more diverse than the average cinema and arts centre and this year we have reported multiple times about their extensive anime and asian film viewings.

Luther to this, Barbican announced on Thursday that the Studio Ghibli feature film, Ponyo will be getting additional viewings due to public demand and very happily they are also planning and confirming a few events for early 2010 as well.

Ponyo
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“The greatest living film animator and storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki transforms The Little Mermaid fairytale into Ponyo, a magical and universal cinema experience that shines so bright all else seems grey. Ponyo is a little goldfish with a girl’s face who escapes the underwater home of her sorcerer father to explore the surface. She is discovered by Sosuke, a 5-year-old boy living on the top of a cliff by the sea. As Ponyo grows closer to Sosuke, her desire to become fully human strengthens. Screening in the original Japanese language version with English subtitles.”

Screening:
21st November – 1100
29th November – 1730

Two additional screenings are being held on the below dates that are subtitle only screenings.

Screening:
26th November – 1800
28th November – 1730

Mai Mai Miracle
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“Adapted from Nobuko Takagi’s autobiographical novel, Mai Mai Miracle is a magical time-travelling adventure. Set in a town in the southwest of Japan in 1955 where nine-year-old Shinko and her new school friend Kiiko share a love of history. When they discover Shinko has an ancient family link to a legendary Japanese province, their imaginations take over and they explore a world which existed a thousand years before. Is it possible for daydreams to become reality?”

Screening:
26th November – before 1800

Mai Mai Miracle will be shown before Ponyo on the 26th November and will be introduced by the co-author of the legendary Anime Encyclopaedia – Helen McCarthy.

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Evangelion 1 0 You Are Not Alone
“Shinji Ikari is sent for by his estranged father, Gendo at the beginning of the film. As he wanders around the town, which has been shut down over an emergency announcement, he is caught in the crossfire between the U.N. army and the fourth Angel. Rescued by Lt. Colonel Misato Katsuragi, Shinji is brought to Tokyo-3 and NERV headquarters, where he is pressured by Gendo, NERV’s Supreme Commander, into piloting the Evangelion Unit-01 against the Angel because the other Evangelion pilot, the mysterious Rei Ayanami, is too injured to do so. After the initial fight, Shinji is taken in by Misato as her new housemate and enrolled in middle school. The film portrays Shinji’s attempts to “settle in” with his newfound life alongside Misato, Rei, and the other characters while continuing to defend Tokyo-3 and the world from the coming Angels.” – Thanks Wikipedia

Screening:
26th January – 2030

On top of the above confirmed dates, we should also expect to see  Astro Boy and The Sky Crawlers in the early months of 2010.

More Anime on Film4 Thanks to the Queen?

Features - by - November 20, 2009 - 16:02 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Well, maybe as Film4’s position in the British film scene is solidified.

More Anime on Film4 Thanks to the Queen?

News - by - November 20, 2009 - 15:57 Europe/London - 8 Comments

film4The head of the monarchy has a huge role to play in the UK, although a lot of what our Queen does today is ceremonial, a huge amount of ultimate power rests in the hands of her office. However, when Parliament returns from their break and the Queen’s Annual Speech is made, it’s normally just a piece of prescripted literature by the government in power at the time, outlining their vision for the future. Or in election years, as we will soon be facing, their campaign agenda.

What makes this year slightly different to the usual hollow campaign agendas is something very specific to broadcasting. Broadcasting in the UK has been suffering heavily since the turn of the year, with the recession hitting advertising revenues hard, thus impacting the profitability of ITV, Channel 4, Five and the rest of the digital channels. The BBC have managed to escape seemingly OK, with the exception of the weekly Daily Mail article that attacks their “overpaid” talent or “there’s too much management and middle management and none of them should be paid more than the Prime Minister; who, incidentally, we don’t like anyway” – this is due to the fact that the BBC is entirely paid for by the license fee. BBC Worldwide, World Service and America are all private companies funded by advertising or with the World Service actually funded by the Government directly.

ITV are private and have been hit hard with some bad investments and hit even harder with the fall in advertising revenue, although this year’s X-Factor and Katie Price appearing in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here will help their viewing figures and by extension their bank balances greatly. Channel 4, on the other hand, is in a very unique position.

uk film councilChannel 4 has advertisements on its station, that’s clear to see. Anyone who switches over to Channel 4, or any of the digital stations such as Film4, More4 and 4Music all have advertising. This is what a commercial station has to do to survive in this cutthroat world; however, Channel 4 is also partially funded by the License Fee as part of the Channel 4 charter is to provide “Public Service” programs. This year the Queen’s speech extended this remit to include film and importantly they need to back film and potentially have even more to do with the UK Film Council.

The UK Film Council are incredibly influential for British Films and are also incredibly influential about what films get additional marketing budgets, by their own definition they are:

The UK Film Council (UKFC) was set up in 2000 by the Labour Government as a non-departmental public body to develop and promote the film industry in the UK. It is constituted as a private company limited by guarantee governed by a board of 15 directors and is funded through sources including the National Lottery.

Sophie, The Witch of the Wste, Markl and Heen

Sophie, The Witch of the Wste, Markl and Heen

To many this still means nothing and even less relevance on a UK Anime and Manga website; however, the UKFC have been supporting the anime and asian cinema scene in the UK since it’s creation in 2000, which can be seen by the table below:

Anime and Western Animation:

Title Distributor Fund Total allocated
Waltz With Bashir Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd National Lottery £250,000.00
Persepolis Optimum Releasing National Lottery £180,000.00
Howl’s Moving Castle Optimum Releasing National Lottery £150,000.00
Belleville Rendez-vous Metro Tartan National Lottery £80,000.00
Spirited Away Optimum Releasing National Lottery £40,000.00

Japanese/Chinese live action:

Film Distributor Fund Total Allocated
Curse of the Golden Flower Universal Pictures International UK & Eire Ltd National Lottery £300,000
Lust Caution Universal Pictures International UK & Eire Ltd National Lottery £200,000
Mongol The Works UK Distribution Ltd National Lottery £150,000
House of Flying Daggers Pathe Distribution Ltd National Lottery £100,000
2046 Tartan Film Distribution Ltd National Lottery £80,923
Zatoichi Artificial Eye Film Co Ltd National Lottery £70,000
I’m A Cyborg Tartan Film Distribution Ltd National Lottery £20,000

Any anime fan will immediately see that without the help of the UKFC that the likes of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle may not have received a UK airing, or only had a very limited run. For Asian Cinema fans, The Curse of the Golden Flower, Mongol, House of Flying Daggers and Zatoichi are all amazing films and Curse of the Golden Flower would simply not have made it across to the UK without their help.

Gong Li as the Empress in Curse of the Golden Flower

Gong Li as the Empress in Curse of the Golden Flower

Channel4 and specifically Film4 being legally required to have more to do with film and by extension more to do with the UK Film Council has untold benefits for the British film scene, but will also greatly benefit the distribution and mainstream appeal of anime and Japanese cinema in the UK. In comparison to many of the European countries, anime in the UK is tiny; it’s fans overly fussy and release timescales fairly prompt. Yet, aside from the odd murder where anime and manga is blamed, anime is virtually unknown in the UK, there are the children’s TV shows which are just orange ninjas or mystical pets attacking each other. There’s no mainstream acceptance.

Now that Film4 are legally required to have more to do with film, it’s a good bet to say that they will have influence over the UKFC. Film4 have backed many great British films and are already firmly behind Anime and the Asian Cinema. Which can be seen as recently as last week with their Asian Cinema Season and Grave of the Fireflies being aired in a few weeks time. With Film4 on board we will surely start to see an increased trickle of Japanese films. With much potential for anime films (such as Angel’s Egg, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and if we’re lucky some of the Tenchi Muyo films) to receive real cinema releases and more TV timeslots, rather than the same tried and tested Studio Ghibli fare.

Thanks to Andrew’s blog for the figures above and for Film4’s Twitter Feed for pointing out the new law.

More Anime On Film4 in December

News - by - November 18, 2009 - 20:10 Europe/London - 1 Comment

grave of the firefliesToday Film4 confirmed as part of their War Season, one of the most touching Studio Ghibli films will be aired to commemorate the pain of war and the fragility of life.

Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies will air on the free-to-air film channel on the 2nd December 2009 at 2340. This film is easily one of the saddest and most memorable Studio Ghibli films, taking an entirely different direction to it’s release partner, My Neighbour Totoro.

The noted American Film critic, Roger Ebert states:

“Grave of the Fireflies” is a powerful dramatic film that happens to be animated, and I know what the critic Ernest Rister means when he compares it to “Schindler’s List” and says, “It is the most profoundly human animated film I’ve ever seen.”

So remember, to see a film that requires viewing you can see it on Film4 at 2340 on the 2nd December.

Source: Film4

Leeds International Film Festival

News - by - November 17, 2009 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

The Leeds International Film Festival is held every year up in Leeds, this year there are a number of Anime films being shown to viewers. The first anime film is available as of tomorrow – so this is a reminder of what’s going to be on show this year:

Ponyo
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“The greatest living film animator and storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki transforms The Little Mermaid fairytale into Ponyo, a magical and universal cinema experience that shines so bright all else seems grey. Ponyo is a little goldfish with a girl’s face who escapes the underwater home of her sorcerer father to explore the surface. She is discovered by Sosuke, a 5-year-old boy living on the top of a cliff by the sea. As Ponyo grows closer to Sosuke, her desire to become fully human strengthens. Screening in the original Japanese language version with English subtitles.”

Screening:
22nd November – 1100
22nd November – 1600

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“Unseen in Europe for over 20 years, Angel’s Egg is a hauntingly beautiful animation with a heartbreaking story, a forgotten masterpiece from Japanese anime legend Mamoru Oshii. Mystical, minimal, and musically mesmerising, Angel’s Egg is like nothing else in animation, with the stunning video game ICO its closest relation. In the shadows of a vast abandoned city a mysterious girl protects a giant precious egg. She meets a lone soldier and they share occult secrets. Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D artist Yoshitaka Amano designed the characters.”

Screening:
19th November – 1800
20th November – 1400

Summer Wars
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“Astounding anime… dazzlingly imaginative… the future king of Japanese animation may be with us’ – The Japan Times. Summer Wars is the captivating and spectacular new animated feature from Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl who Leapt through Time. Millions are addicted to the vast online world of Oz. Maths genius Kenji tears himself away from Oz to escort his crush Natsuki to her formidable Great Grandma’s 90th. The family gathering is not what Kenji expected and soon he is the brains of a kindred force out to defeat the Oz-invading, Earth-ending Love Machine virus.”

Screening:
18th November – 2030
20th November – 1600
22nd November – 1330

Angel’s Egg is an incredibly rare film that’s not been seen in the UK for more than two decades, which is more than the lifetime of the average Naurto fan.

The Leeds International Film Festival is a well known event and it can be found at:

Leeds Film
Town Hall
The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AD
UK

You can purchase tickets from the above or online here.

DVD Releases This Week

News - by - November 16, 2009 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

aquarionLike almost every Monday the UK anime market releases their DVDs to the Great British public. Some weeks we are given dozens of new hours of anime and some weeks it’s only just a couple. This week, we are falling into the latter category. With only one new DVD from MVM Entertainment being released. This release is:

  • Aquarion – Volume 1

Aquarion can be bought from all major retailers and MVM Entertainment’s own store – Anime On Line.

TOKYOPOP UK Releases

News - by - November 16, 2009 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

tokyopop_logoOnce a month the mammoth TOKYOPOP UK release a plethora of manga onto the UK market and November is no different. The following tiles are all available immediately and include some very well known titles such as Chibi Vampire and Aria. The full list is as follows:

  • Animal Academy : Hakobune Hakusho Volume 1
  • Gravitation Collection Volume 1
  • Aria Volume 2
  • .hack GU+ Volume 3
  • Momo Tama Volume 3
  • Fate/stay night Volume 4
  • Starcraft Frontline Volume 4
  • Mamotte Shugogetten Volume 5
  • Junjo Romantica Volume 7
  • Trinity Blood Volume 10
  • Battle Vixens Volume 14
  • Chibi Vampire Volume 14
  • Rebirth Volume 15
  • Liberty Liberty ! Volume 1
  • Pixie Volume 2

So you’d better start ordering those Mangas now!

Wolf’s Rain and Gundam Seed Announced by Beez

News - by - November 15, 2009 - 16:18 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

wolfs-rainBeez Entertainment, the subsidiary of Namco Bandai, today announced via their Twitter feed that Beez Anime Legends lineup for 2010:

  • Wolf’s Rain Complete Collection
  • Gundam Seed Part One

These two shows will be available from the 25th January, 2010. What makes their Anime Legends lineup different from the norm, is twofold. One, the anime series are classics, most of them are older and wouldn’t always be picked up by companies due to the need for newer anime every minute of the day and the second is the price. Currently both DVDs are going being promotionally priced at £16.99 with a RRP of £24.99.

For a boxset of a complete collection, or even a partial boxset of a half series these prices are amazingly good value. Considering that a standard 3-6 episode volume is often priced between £12.99-15.99.

You can get Wolf’s Rain Complete Collection via Play.com here, and Gundam Seed Part One via Play.com here.

Source: Twitter

New Asian Cinema Season on Film4

News - by - November 13, 2009 - 18:16 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

film4Film4, the free to air Freeview film channel from Channel 4 is well known for their support of anime films and asian cinema in general. Every now and again an Asian Cinema film or anime film crops up and an announcement is made across the anime community. This time around though, Film4 are going all out and are creating a New Asian Cinema film season.

Yesterday on the Twitter stream a lovely little post was made regarding Kamikaze Girls being shown, well, tonight the Live Action Death Note films will be shown. The full season is as follows:

Death Note
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“Shusuke Kaneko’s live-action manga adaptation defines the phrase ‘big in Japan’ – Death Note has sold 21 million magazines, and inspired its own anime series, video games, a novel and of course a series of live-action features. Tune in to find out what all the fuss is about.”

Airing: 13th November – 2240

Death Note The Last Name
death-note-last-name“The second part of this Japanese franchise about a serial killer was directed back-to-back with the first Death Note in 2006 and features the same cast and crew as the original. Death Note: The Last Name is a high-concept morality tale spearheaded by a deadly battle of wits between two immature and arrogant geniuses. Possibly inspired by The Libertines. Except for the genius part.”

Airing: 14th November – 0105

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK.
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“Set in an asylum and rich in character and colour, Cyborg is a coming-of-age tale – with the odd SF action sequence thrown in – and crucially, is funny, poignant and always surprising, with a healthy disregard for the genre cliche. Backing up its whizz-bang visual effects with real heart, it also happens to feature the meanest yodelling to have graced film since the Coen brothers’ Raising Arizona. Don’t try to tell us you’re not intrigued.”

Airing: 14th November – 2300

Zatoichi
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“‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano takes on the classic Japanese legend of the blind master swordsman who wanders 19th century rural Japan and gets caught up in gang conflict. So far, so trad, but did you know there’s also a climactic music and tap dance routine? True story. If you don’t believe us, tune in to Film4 at 11.20pm.”

Airing: 15th November – 2320

Memories of Matsuko
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“Tetsuya Nakashima, the director of Kamikaze Girls, serves up the merriest variety of miserabilism in this post-modern melodrama of a fallen woman. Human abjection never looked so good – expect whimsy and quirkification to rival even Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. (Note: this is nothing like Fantastic Mr. Fox.)”

Airing: 16th November – 2315

House of Flying Daggers
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“Here’s another chance to catch our season opener: the modern classic of assassins, romance and some really rather improbable athletics. D’you think wires could possibly have been involved?”

Airing: 17th November – 2300

Toyko Sonata
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“Japan’s contemporary nightmares bubble to the surface in this allegorical family drama directed and co-written by genre hopper Kiyoshi Kurosawa. His aloof style keeps the menace simmering just beneath the surface in this family drama about the waking nightmare of recession, divorce and the breakdown of law and order.”

Airing: 18th November – 2240

Thanks to Film4 for the summaries.

So that’s Death Note twice tonight and tons of other Asian goodness throughout the week. So get that SkyPlus box recording!

Source: Film4 Twitter.

See the full listings here.