Film & Anime

Proxima and Babyteeth coming to cinemas this summer | News

As we get ready to open the doors of our beloved cinemas, we wanted to take a moment to look at the upcoming films from our distribution arm, Picturehouse Entertainment. With two fantastic titles up their sleeve due to be released over the Summer, let us give you a sneak peek on what's to come. Anna Winocour's Proxima stars Eva Green, who gives a career-best performance in this epic and emotionally charged film as astronaut and mother, Sarah. Sarah has been chosen to be a part of a year-long

In Darkness – Review

Written by Natalie Dormer and Anthony Byrne, In Darkness is a project that began way back in 2009 – that’s nine whole years in the making! The world has changed a mighty much since it’s conception to final piece. Natalie and Anthony both intended for Natalie to play a smaller role, not the lead role of Sofia. Natalie hadn’t had her global domination as of yet, however at that stage you would have seen her as Anne Boleyn on the The Tudors. When it eventually came to casting, Natalie was a credibl

Hyper Japan Festival 2015

Hyper Japan returns next week with a summer fiesta of Japanese music and culture. Along with a sensational lineup of Japanese musicians performing, all at The O2. Get ready for the festival, as you’ve never seen it before! As Hyper Japan gets bigger, better and more tastier with the array of Japanese delights on offer. Going from strength to strength, the UK’s greatest celebration of Japanese culture, music, cuisine and entertainment is hosting its biggest ever party this summer. In the true s

Christmas at Hyper Japan

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Last weekend fans of all things Japanese were in for a serious treat as the Hyper Japan Christmas Market transported fans at Kensington’s historic Olympia. The Hyper Japan Christmas Market event gave thousands of visitors a one-stop place to stock up and indulge in everything from deliciously tempting kawaii treats, right through to Japanese street fashion. It really was a case of eat, drink, shop (and experience) Japan. Stretching over two floors,

From Up On Poppy Hill – Review

It is often the case that a creative piece can have expectations cast upon them, based on the results of its predecessors. When I watch a film or anime in general, I like to go with an open mind and no expectations; this allows you to enjoy the moment that much more, particularly when you strike the subtle gold of a beautifully touching story. And, with a studio such as Studio Ghibli behind From Up On Poppy Hill, the expectations are certainly set for most. Studio Ghibli is the animation studio

Hyper Japan 2013

Spoil yourself with the UK’s biggest celebration of all things Japanese at Hyper Japan! Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine, culture, tradition, fashion and fun. Fulfilling that curiosity and desire to come closer to the wonderful world and tradition of the Japanese. Hyper Japan kicks off this Friday, 26th July and runs until Sunday 28th July, at London's Earls Court. Running since 2010, it has gone from strength to strength since its conception, quickly establishing itself as a must-visit eve

London Anime Con 2013

If you’re a lover of anime, cosplay and games, be sure to check out the London Anime Con taking place this weekend. This super-fun bi-annual event will see people from far and wide travel down to indulge in a convention and social gathering of like-minded people. Plus, with a steady supply of anime, gaming, air-con and water (or whatever else you want to grab from the bar), this is a great way to keep cool. If you haven’t already got your tickets, the online bookings have closed, but worry not,

Japan Centre x Hyper Japan Event @ Westfield Stratford City

Lovers of J-Culture and Anime? We know the perfect way for you to spend your Saturday! We previously mentioned that our friends at Stratford Picturehouse are screening Akira tomorrow - Saturday 13th July @ 8.30pm). Well, why not make a day of it and pay Umai by Japan Centre , located in Westfield Stratford a visit? Japan Centre and Hyper Japan have joined forces to offer you a Japanese-fun filled event full of various awesome free things to do! Japan Centre x Hyper Japan, taking place between 1

009 Re:Cyborg – Review

009 RE:CYBORG is the latest rework of the classic manga Cyborg 009, produced by Tokyo-based Production IG (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire and the animated sequence from Kill Bill: Vol 1) and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). The entire task force behind this film helped in giving it a fresh lease of life in this new era, updating the story, but with sly nods for original fans. The original Cyborg 009 was the brainchild of Shotaro

009 Re:Cyborg – Review

Some time ago I attended an intimate press screening at 20th Century Fox’s screening room in London’s Soho Square. Upon arrival, I grabbed a refreshment and decided to take a seat in the middle of the back-row. As a petite lady I wanted to ensure there were no obstructions between myself and my view of the screen, so I could fully appreciate what I was about to see. It was there that myself and probably most of the other attendees had our first 3D anime experience in the form of 009 RE:CYBORG. A

Tiger and Bunny 2 – Review

Tiger & Bunny Part 2 sees Hero TV return, bringing you the latest escapades from our heroes in Sternbild city. We return to this futuristic megapolis that sits above water. Home to these super-charged, heroic characters, with some kick-ass gifts, whose full-time job it is to protect the city. They are the NEXT (Noted Entities with eXtraordinary Talents). As you most likely recall, it’s not called Tiger & Bunny for nothing. Our two central characters were forced to work together. They are Kote

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Review

Our saga continues with the return of Lelouch; our leading genius, master of manipulation, mass strategist, and anti-hero. Returning to continue to manipulate the motions that follow in order to create a safe and gentle world for his little sister Nunnally. For those who may not have already seen the first season of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, or perhaps need a reminder, here’s a brief recap: Lelouch Lamperouge is actually Lelouch vi Britannia, a royal prince who was abandoned along w
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