Japan takes film- making to a higher plane.
ANIME fans will be able to check out four of the freshest Japanese animated features this week as part of the Reel Anime Festival at the State Cinema.
The four titles have been selected not only to appeal to hardcore fans of the genre, but also to provide an exciting introduction for those new to the genre, or even just for the casual film- lover. FROM UP ON POPPY HILL ( G) As Japan begins to pick itself up from the devastation of World War II, the new generation struggles to move towards a prosperous future while trying not to lose the essence of their past. The film’s rich and vibrant animation captures the entrancing beauty of Yokohama and captures the thrills of young romance and the hope of a new dawn in 1963. WOLF CHILDREN ( PG) When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairytale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children ( right). But the family harbours a secret – their father is half human and half wolf, and has passed his affliction on to his children. The family tries to reside discreetly in a quiet corner of the city but their joyful life is shattered when their father passes away. BERSERK – THE EGG OF THE KING ( MA15+) An epic actionadventure tale set against a dark, European- inspired medieval fantasy world, Berserk – The Egg of the King follows the story of Guts, a lone mercenary renowned for his ferocity and unmatched in a fight. His destiny is to eventually become ‘‘ The Black Swordsman’’ and he will face untold horrors in battle. CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES ( M) Having lived a lonely life since her father’s death, Asuna ( above) spends her days listening to the otherworldly sounds of a crystal radio, left to her as a memento. Exploring the mountains near her home, Asuna is attacked by a strange beast but a stranger saves her life and Asuna discovers a gateway to another world. REEL ANIME FESTIVAL runs from September 13- 26 at the State Cinema, North Hobart. For full screening details visit www. reelanime. com All films will screen in original Japanese language with English subtitles.