11th August, 2015
Announcing the dates for the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2015
We are pleased to announce the dates for this year’s festival, so get these in your diary now to make sure you don’t miss out on another fine selection of Japanese animated excellence. As before, there will be two separate days taking place, one in Cardiff on September 26th and the other in Aberystwyth on October 10th.
The venues are listed below, along with the great films we have on offer.
- Chapter Arts CentreSaturday
26th September 2015
- Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Saturday 10th October 2015
Five Exciting Welsh Premieres!
A Letter to Momo
Cardiff: 11:00am | Aberystwyth: 12:50pm
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
Rating: PG (infrequent mild bad language)
Momo, while recovering from her father’s death and her mother’s decision to move their family from Tokyo to a remote island, discovers a letter from her father that causes strange events to occur.
Cardiff: 1:15pm | Aberystwyth: 5:20pm
Duration: 1hr 8m
Rating: 15 (Contains strong bloody violence)
A compilation of four short films:
- Possessions: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine. Director: Shuhei Morita.
- Combustible: A spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan. Director: Katsuhiro Otomo.
- Gambo: A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon. Director: Hiroaki Ando.
- A Farewell to Weapons: A tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo. Director: Hajime Katoki.
Tiger & Bunny: The Rising
Cardiff: 4:00pm | Aberystwyth: 3:10pm
Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani
Duration: 1hr 48m
Rating: 12 (moderate sex references)
The heroes of TIGER & BUNNY are back in an all-new feature-length film! Picking up after the events of the Maverick incident, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr. resume their careers as heroes fighting crime in HERO TV’s Second League.
Royal Space Force:
The Wings of Honneamise
Cardiff: 6:30pm | Aberystwyth: 10:30am
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Duration: 2hr 1m
Rating: PG (brief sexual violence)
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise is a 1987 Japanese animated science fiction film directed and written by Hiroyuki Yamaga. In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.
Cardiff: 8:45pm | Aberystwyth: **
Director: Satoshi Kon
Duration: 1hr 20m
Rating: 18 (strong violence, nudity and language)
** Not available at Aberystwyth.
Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by Satoshi Kon. The film follows Mima Kirigoe (voiced by Junko Iwao), who becomes a victim of stalking after she decides to leave a Japanese pop idol group.
Come along and enjoy another great day of Japanese Films, Food, Friends and Fun.
Tickets for any of the films, and raffle tickets will be available nearer the actual date, so please contact the venues for further details. Full programme line-up and details of the raffle prizes will be published over the coming weeks on our website here.
Please keep an eye on the Kotatsu Festival website for the very latest information, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email us. Contact details can be found below, and on our website.
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For ticket and booking information please contact:
Chapter Arts Centre
Tel: +44 (0)29 2030 4400
Aberystywyth Arts Centre
Tel: +44 (0)1970 62 32 32