Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - TIM MARTAIN

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.

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