We thought it would be a good idea to catch the latest Studio Ghibli offering, When Marnie Was There in all its original language and subtitled glory.
Anna, a shy and artistic girl is sent to live on the coast with her aunt and uncle. Whilst exploring the local marshland, she stumbles upon an old mansion, inhabited by a mysterious girl named Marnie. The pair strike a close friendship and the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur as Anna tries to uncover Marnie’s illusive secret.
Japan 2016 Dir Hiromasa Yonebayashi 103 min
Ticket costs: £11.50
Screening starts: 9pm
We intend to meet at 8pm, at the very nice bar at the Barbican Centre, whereby we can all chat and chill after a long Thursday at work and start to get the drinks in. Hope to see you guys there!
Book in the link below:
Join us for some of the most refreshing cinema from Mainland China and Taiwan as we join forces with the Chinese Visual Festival. Slightly different date (Sunday the 15th) but fully justified to catch an interesting film from Taiwan, 'Zinnia Flower'. Screening as part of London's CVF 2016 Vision Taiwan programme, 'Zinnia Flower' is a deeply personal and emotionally intense offering from Tom Lin, who made the film as an attempt to deal with the death of his own wife. On the same day and in the same accident Wei loses his pregnant wife and Ming loses her fiancée, leaving their worlds empty. Buddhist rituals give 100 days to mourn for the dead, and, like a mouse lost in a labyrinth, Wei runs around in circles, hitting walls and ending up where he began. Ming calmly creeps down a determined path, seemingly moving forward, but towards a fatal dead end. No matter how they choose to mourn, their pain and sorrow remain. With the 100th day approaching, they wonder if they will ever be able to say goodbye.
Elegant, poetic and moving, Zinnia Flower sees Lin avoiding the usual clichés about bereavement while never shying away from pain and heartache. Anchored by two exceptionally strong lead performances, it’s a powerful and deeply moving film that confirms Lin as one of Taiwan’s most talented directors.
Movie is screening at the King's College London - Strand Safra Theatre (WC2R 2LS), on Sunday the 15th at 7pm. This is a paid event, but the CVF organisation are kindly offering Meetup members a discount. Just select a concession ticket when buying and get your ticket for £6.47. Please be aware you will need to bring either a print out of the meet up invite or show the meet up invite on your phone.
Tickets on sale here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vision-taiwan-zinnia-flower-tickets-24167641065
Want to join us for a pre-chat? We'll be at the The Wellington pub at 6pm, 2 minutes away from the venue at 351 Strand, London WC2R 0HS
Can't make this one? No problem, cause the CVF is also offering a 2 for 1 for all films screening from the festival at the BFI.
The Chinese Visual Festival 2016 runs 11-20 May. To enjoy two tickets for the price of one on any of the films screening at the BFI Southbank, simply quote Visual241 online, in person or over the phone [masked]).
Here's a further look at their programme: http://chinesevisualfestival.org/
Hope to see you all there!
Join us for a good old dose of Asian cinema! This month we put our focus on South Korea. As part of the 'London Korean Film Festival: Teaser Screening', a new programme bringing a series of tease screenings building up to the LKFF, we will be attending Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne on Monday 18 April 2016 at the Regent Street Cinema.The Throne is a period drama based around true events that took place at Korea’s Royal Court and features some of Korea’s most popular and well-known actors including Song Gang-ho, Yu Ah-in, Moon Geun-young and as well as So Ji-sub.
For this special screening, director Lee Joon-ik ('King and the clown', 'Sunny') will be attending London to meet with fans to discuss this film and his career.
The screening will take place at the Regent Street Cinema (just off the Oxford Circus tube station), and tickets can be booked at: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-throne/
This is a paid event, but please do join us to enjoy a quality night of cinema. Movie starts at 7 pm, and for those eager for a post-chat, the Regent Street Cinema has a bar in which we can discuss further after the Q&A.
Hope to see you all there!
This month we are joining forces with the Chinese Visual Festival Film Club for a terrific screening of THAT DEMON WITHIN, directed by Hong Kong's Dante Lam. This is a FREE screening, so do join in the fun! All details for the screening are below!
THAT DEMON WITHIN
When: Wednesday 16 March, 18:30
Where: King’s College London Strand Campus, Room K–1.56
To get there, head to King’s College Strand Campus main reception and look out for CVF volunteers who will guide you to the screening room. Follow CVF Film Club on Facebook for more details and future events (you won't regret it):
A bit about the film:
Director: Dante Lam
Starring: Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung, Andy On
2014 Hong Kong / China
Runtime: 111 minutes
The new Hong Kong action maestro Dante Lam is behind this taut and ultimately unsettling psychological thriller. Quiet and distant cop Dave (Daniel Wu) is increasingly haunted by the violent images of a criminal gang who use traditional demon masks when committing their crimes. Truth, reality and imagination begin to blur in this stylish film with which Lam once again brings a new energy to the Hong Kong crime film.
Chinese Visual Festival runs 11-20 May 2016, bringing the best in Chinese cinema to London for the 6th year. For further details and updates visit http://chinesevisualfestival.org (http://chinesevisualfestival.org/) and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Chinese-Visual-Festival (https://www.facebook.com/Chinese-Visual-Festival-231489010199218/?fref=ts)
This screening is part of CRIME: Hong Kong Style, an explosive new season of crime films from Hong Kong presented by HOME, Manchester and screening across the UK from February 2016 – April 2016. Further details of the season and screening times can be found at homemcr.org/hk-crime (http://homemcr.org/xxxxx)
From noir-tinged thrillers, to tales of hardnosed gangsters, to entertainingly comic capers, this season will show that there is much more to Hong Kong’s take on the crime film than stereotypical images of triad gang members wielding machetes on the neon-lit streets of Kowloon – though there may be some machete wielding going on if you’re getting worried.
CRIME: Hong Kong Style is presented with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. #HKCrimeFilms
Hope to see you all there!
Join us for a session of top Japanese cinema at the ICA. This month, we will be attending the screening of 'Uzemasa Limelight', an award-wining film telling the admirable story of Seiichi, a ‘kirareyaku’ actor whose main job in samurai movies is simply to be killed off by the lead star. When the studio where Seiichi works decides to discontinue its samurai epics, Seiichi finds himself at a loss but hope arrives in the form of a young woman named Satsuki, who soon becomes his disciple.
Using Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight as an underlying theme, this film pays homage to the unsung heroes of Japanese movies filmed in Uzumasa film studios (Kyoto), Japan’s Hollywood. The semi-autobiographical performance by real-life kirareyaku, 71-year-old Seizo Fukumoto, who is said to have acted out 50,000 on-screen deaths, earned him the best actor prize at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal, in 2014, with the film also winning the festival’s Cheval Noir for best film.
This is a paid event, but there is a special offer of 4 tickets for the price of 3 for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, in case you are also planning to see other films from the programme.
Film starts at 6 pm, and feel free to join us for drinks after the film at the ICA bar. Hope to see you all there!
You can find more information about the film and prices here: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/japan-foundation-touring-film-programme-uzumasa-l
For the first meet-up of the year, we keep exploring new ideas and this month there is a new release too tempting to just let it pass... Wing Chun master Ip Man is back in this third instalment of the saga, directed by Wilson Yip and with star Donnie Yen. Oh, and it also stars Mike Tyson, no less!
If you're as eager as we are to watch it, join us on Monday the 18th (yes, next week, sorry for the short notice!) at 8pm for this screening. We'll be watching it at the Odeon at Panton Street. This is a paid event and tickets cost £8.00. Book here:
We'll meet beforehand at 6:30 for a drink at a venue TBC nearby the cinema. We'll try and hold a small meet up sign at the table, so do look out for a piece of paper to identify us if it's your first time joining. Movie starts at 8!
Thanks again for coming along, and do tell your friends! Everybody welcome! Looking forward to seeing you there.
For the last meet-up of the year, we do something a little different and take a trip to Leicester Square to watch a recent Chinese box office sensation ...
After last month's unsettling horror movie, join us at the Prince Charles Cinema to watch something a bit 'lighter' - time-travel comedy GOODBYE MR. LOSER.
Adapted from a popular Mainland theatre play, the story follows a middle-aged loser who finds himself magically transported back to his high school years, enabling him to fix all his life's mistakes.
Fun, right?! Then join us on Wednesday the 11th for this screening. This is a paid event and tickets cost £8.50 for Prince Charles Cinema members / £11 for non-members - book here:
We'll meet beforehand at 7:30 for drinks at the Slug and Lettuce pub! Nearby the cinema. We'll try and hold a small meet up sign at the table, so do look out for a piece of paper to identify us if it's your first time joining. Movie starts at 9!
We take a break in December, but we'll be back in 2016 with more fantastic Asian movies! Thanks again for coming along, and do tell your friends! Everybody welcome! Looking forward to seeing you there.
The London Korean Festival is happening between November 2nd to November 14th
The above website has all the necessary details that people would like to know. (I personally, don't think it has the greatest accessibility but oh well)
So once again, this should be an open community platform where likeminded members can arrange to perhaps watch a film or drink together or show up to the many events that they're offering
Start something rolling in the comments!
Will keep this updated if we schedule some meetups
Be afraid, be very afraid ...
Join us for a very special Asian horror Halloween as we celebrate the strangest, spookiest and scariest films from the Far East.
We move from the third to the last Monday of the month for a hair-raising secret film (to be announced on the night), a macabre movie quiz, and a selection of Terror Cotta horror DVDs to buy.
Don't forget, if you have enough spare Asian titles lying around in your house then bring them over for our "Swap Shop", where hopefully you'll be able to find a movie to exchange yours with.
But that's not all ....we've now got discounts coming your way.
You can get 10% off food and drink if you come dressed in your best Halloween costume. Who knows, the very best, may even get additional prizes?
Also, if you finish work early and are able to get to the Jetlag Bar from 5.30pm to 6pm, then it's 20% off all drinks.
So please come along and invite others and we look forward to seeing all the usual faces and hopefully a lot of new ones. Do try to purchase a beverage or three and help support the Jetlag Bar as they're providing the venue for all of us to use free of charge!
The London East Asian Film Festival will begin in full form in 2016, but this year, it pre-launches with a taster event from 23rd to 25th October. Taking place in Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon Covent Garden and Odeon Panton Street, this mini festival will open with Ryoo Seung-wan's Korean box-office breaker Veteran, close with Soi Cheang's Chinese organ transplant actioner SPL2: A Time for Consequences (featuring muay thai sensation Tony Jaa).
BOOK your ticket now if interested :)) web: http://www.leaff.org.uk/ or directly from the Odeon website: http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/leaff_2015_veteran_q_amp_a/16328/
The closing feature, 'SPL2: A Time For Consequences' is a Chinese-Hong Kong action film directed by Soi Cheang. The film stars Tony Jaa from 'Ong Bak', Wu Jing, Simon Yam and Zhang Jin, with Louis Koo making a guest appearance. 'SPL2: A Time For Consequences' sees undercover cop Kit (Wu Jing) become a junkie in order to catch Mr Hung (Louis Koo), the mastermind behind a crime syndicate. When the operation goes sour and Kit blows his cover, his supervisor and uncle Wah (Simon Yam) decides to terminate the operation.
Book your ticket now from the website and save your place: http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/leaff_2015_spl2_a_time_for_consequences/16334/#filmslikethis
Other films to pay attention to are:
- Kaili Blues
- Journey To The Shore
- Chasuke's Journey
- Violator (Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/553774381439055/)
This isn't an official meetup but we thought it's important that we let people know about this festival - since our next event isn't until the 26th.
Saying that, we encourage people that are interested in going to see any of these films to invite others and to actually arrange to meet up amongst yourselves! So by all means, use this as a platform to enjoy the films together. Arrange in the comments or through private message :)