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Syfy + Anime by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilians, 

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In the U.K the Syfy channel has always been a channel to go against the grain. The channel has always seen the potential to screen programmes that appeal to a niche market, they have now acquired some key manga films to be screened on the UK network. 

Every Saturday Syfy will be screening a major manga title starting with this Saturday being Akira.  

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January 7 -Akira @ 11.10 pm. 

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again.

January 14 - Ninja Scroll @ 11.10 pm.

A ninja-for-hire is forced into fighting an old nemesis who is bent on overthrowing the Japanese government. His nemesis is also the leader of a group of demons each with superhuman powers.

January 21 - The Girl Who Leapt Through Time @ 11.10 pm.

There is a future that we can't wait for.

What would you do if you could “leap” backward through time? When tomboyish 17 year old Makoto Konno gains this ability after an accident in her high school chemistry lab, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. Before long, however, she realizes that even innocuous changes can have terrible consequences. Changing the past is not as simple as it seems, and eventually Makoto will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future for herself and her friends.

January 28 - Redline @ 11.10 pm.

The most dangerous and exciting car race in the universe is held only once every five years. And that’s tonight. The competitors are lined up at the starting block. In his vehicle, JP, the most daredevil driver on the circuit, is ready for the green light. Female driver Sonoshee, with whom he is secretly in love, is also on the starting line. She will stop at nothing to get on to that podium. In this race, not only is anything possible, but also anything is allowed.

February 4 - Summer Wars @ 11.10 pm.

When timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family’s Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Natsuki’s family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era, and they’ve all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the spunky matriarch of the family, Sakae. That’s when Kenji discovers his “summer job” is to pretend to be Natsuki’s fiancé and dance with her at the birthday celebration. As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki’s act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can’t resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world's social and business traffic flows. It’s up to Kenji and his new fake family to put reality back in order.

February 11 - The Wolf Children @ 11.10 pm

Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a "fairy-tale like" love with a "wolf man". Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children - older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame, or "Snow and Rain". At first the family quietly lives in the city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the "wolf man" suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life.

Manga UK

 

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So as we always say, keep anime alive in the UK and get on your TV or set your sky/virgin planners to record these amazing movies. 

 

@UKAnifest  

Review: Uzumasa Spotlight by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilians, 

  In 1952 Charlie Chaplin decided to make one last great film, Limelight. This film was about a fading clown who passes on his skill and love of performance to a young dancer. It's a story that is very close to the Japanese idea of a master passing on his skill. The was of the samurai is to recognise that when something is challenging you alter the nature of your surroundings.

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In this affectionate tribute to the history of Japanese cinema, writer Hiroyuki Ono transfers the Chaplin plot to Uzumasa, to celebrate the genius of the past and the enthusiasm of the upcoming generation.

Uzumasa was once home to over 100 Kirareyaku - samurai that specialize on being killed on screen. For prowess, personality and encounters this particular samurai values acquaintances, including administrators, suppliers and movie stars. Due to the decrease of the audiences wanting to see the samurai in action and curiosity towards jidaigeki movies, the business they operate has seen a decline and they have decided to stop all similar productions, consequently to introduce new faces in their next films.

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Hence, Kamiyama finds himself with no film to appear in and at the end of many years he finally ends up playing in a samurai in a theme park, an idea that brings disgrace on both him and his friends and colleagues. By chance, he meets a young girl, Satsuki (Chihiro Yamamoto) who has now become his disciple. He begins to train her in this dying art of dying and she brings renewed attention to the chanbara genre and becomes what Kamiyama was never able to become...a star of the samurai. 

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Ken Ochiai based this movie upon the history of these broadly unknown males, portraying in melancholy their decrease and that of the jidaigeki movie generally speaking. That is reasonably presented by the film industry, one among the most distinctive examples of the aforementioned. For the reason that style and crime movies gradually replace the samurai movies and the portion of the business that connected with the second is left dangling, not having the ability to adjust after a lot of years. The older people of the specific production company, due to the regard they obtained over years of assistance with Kamiyama and the rest of the Kirareyaku, try frantically to find work for them.

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Upon the new people, including suppliers, administrators and stars, who want nothing to do with the past and are totally disrespectful towards the veterans. This personality likewise presents a new trend in the business, with pop stars become protagonists in movies due to their recognition instead of their performing capabilities, a strategy that leads to mediocre shows, to say the least. On the other hand, the upper limbs, as Kamiyama, are actually disgusted with the new methods included with the movies, as is the utilization of CGI for instance, especially since they cannot comprehend that methods it took decades for them to ideal, are actually therefore quickly replaced by technological development.

This movie is a breath of fresh air. It's characters have great back stories and you immerse yourself in the world of the forgotten samurai that has elements of the modern day feeling about times when we can lose our way and job security. Its a must see and although it might take a while to get into it, this film is worth seeing. 

Film: ★★★★☆

 @ukanifest

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Review: Audition by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilians, 

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The first time I watched Audition (Tartian release) I was blown away, it was clear that Audition left me visually disturbed and mentally excited. Is this a good horror? Yes this is a genuinely scary film that make you feel nervous and also makes you laugh at the bazaar. Despite not categorising itself as a 'horror film' Takashi Miike's Audition, has a lot of 'horror' moments that will make you squirm.

In 1999, when it was screened at various film festivals and released via Tartian Audition gained a reputation of being a film that witnessed walkouts by members of the audience and people who watched it via DVD stating that had to return the film due to its graphic nature... If this genuinely happened or a publicity-driven rumour is unknown at this point but after having seen Audition for the first time I'm not surprised they did.

 

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The plot is about revenge, love and what can happen if love has boundaries. Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widowed TV producer pretends to be Auditioning young women for a new show, when in fact he's really looking for a wife. He finds a young attractive and attentive woman though the  casting but as the film progresses, he comes face to face with her suspicious past. Director Takashi Miike uses the atmosphere coupled with gore and realism to tell this story that views many scenes using dreams, the protagonists dreams. 

 

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The casting is amazing. Asami (Eihi Shiina), the want-to-be actress is so engaging. Her submissive self, clean as it may seem, makes her cunning and the opposite of trustworthy. Her character provides the viewer with intrigue and calmness that when the story gets going on the 3rd half of the film you are almost shocked about the turn of events.

The writing is on the money especially during the climax, where it focuses on Asami’s lines for chills rather than simply gory visuals. Miike proves that psychologically traumatised characters are far more effective at sending a chill down your spine, rather than loud off the cuff scares. Instead, the story breaks new ground by making the viewer think, could that be me? Could that really happen? What did really happen? Instead of what is happening and what the story has already unfolded. What Miike leaves the viewer to guess, is whether things would have turned out the way they do or is it only a dream.

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Audition Is Japanese horror cinema... A long-haired actress dressed in a white gown, a troubled history of characters and a score that makes the hairs on your back stand up in fright. This puts Hollywood to shame as it does terror so well and the story line... Well I don't really want to talk about the twist so go ahead, make the purchase and get the steal book while you can! Amazing transfer at 1080p , DTS HD (Bluray release) and an intro from the man himself Takashi Miike.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• Brand new 2K restoration of original vault elements

• Original 5.1 Dolby Surround Audio / DTS HD

• Optional English subtitles

• Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan

• Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel

• Introduction by Miike

• Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike

• Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi

• Damaged Romance: An appreciation by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns

• Trailers

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

 

This movie is one to watch! 

Film: ★★★★☆

Extras:  ★★★★☆

Disc: ★★★★☆

 

@UKAnifest