Complete lineup for BFI Anime Weekend in London this June revealed

BFI Southbank in London will be screening a variety of anime films as part of it’s annual anime weekender. We previously reported that the Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star Of Milos movie would be screened with both the director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami present. (There will be a Q & A session following the screening.) Now the complete lineup has been revealed.

From Goro Miyazai’s From Up On Poppy Hill & Makoto Shinkai’s Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, to Gintama The Movie & Production I.G.’s Oblivion Island, even Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic Akira there really something for everyone.

Here is the complete lineup of what will be screened between June 8th-10th.

From Up On Poppy Hill
Friday 8th June @ 6pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

The latest feature from Studio Ghibli directed by Goro Miyazaki will begin proceedings on this weekend.

The setting is Yokohama in 1964 shortly before the Tokyo Olympics, the film “introduces us to Umi and her student friends, fighting to prevent their run-down school clubhouse being demolished to make way for a modern building and the spirit of ‘progress’ this seems to embrace.
For those more familiar with Ghibli’s recent outings, this will come as a surprise in that while it is beautifully animated, it isn’t from the fantasy genre or geared towards families. It’s instead a compelling, mature work, far closer to Whisper of the Heart than Spirited Away but with the drive and vision we have come to expect from this anime powerhouse.”

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star Of Milos
Friday 8th June @ 8pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

This will be the UK Premiere of the follow up to Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood ahead of the retail release by Manga Entertainment in September. For those who have seen the Brotherhood series you’ll be happy to hear that this “latest film in the Full Metal Alchemist franchise is great for both newcomers to the genre and die-hard fans, with strong images and an impressive story that reveals a family tragedy which should have remained a secret.

There will also be a Q & A session with director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami afterwards.

Oblivion Island
Saturday 9th June @ 4pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

Production I.G. bring us a CGI anime feature focusing on a young girl, Haruka, who “believes that if she finds her late mother’s hand mirror, this will be enough to connect her to happy past memories. A masked creature she encounters in a shrine takes her to a magical land to start her quest. Oblivion Island is where all the lost bits and pieces from our homes end up, including once-loved toys that have to deal with being passed over. The mysterious Baron has hundreds of mirrors and seems to have a fiendish plan in mind – might he have Haruka’s precious heirloom?

Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below
Saturday 9th June @ 6.30pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

Makoto Shinkai’s latest film that focuses on Asuna. She spends much of her time outdoors. “An encounter with a large, bear-like creature also brings her into contact with a brave young man with apparently superhuman powers. Shun is a warrior from Agartha, an underground land where the beasts guard the entrance to prevent ‘topsiders’ like Asuna from entering. Some believe that this world has properties that will bring people back from the dead and this puts them in danger from ruthless soldiers intent on gaining access. This thought-provoking film deals with the part in all of us that wishes we could have a last opportunity to say goodbye to someone we’ve lost.

Gintama The Movie
Saturday 9th June @ 9pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

Based on the long running manga and popular anime series, Gintama is set in the Edo period of Japan but with a twist as aliens known as the Amanto have taken over and have complete control on how things are run. The main protagonist is Gintoki, a former samurai who now runs Odd Jobs Gin, an outlet that will take on any job. This film is a retelling of the popular ‘Benizaukra’ arc where Gintoki is asked to investigate the disappearance of a lengendary sword, Benizakura. At the same time Kotaru Katsura, a supporting character who leads a rebel army against the Amanto, has gone missing and Odd Jobs Gin workers Kagura & Shinpachi are searching for him.

A Letter To Momo
Sunday 10th June @ 4pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

This is Hioyuki Okiura’s first film since Jin Roh. “Thirteen-year-old Momo is recovering from the death of her father and her mother’s unexpected decision to move them out of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and away to a remote island where she had lived as a child. Momo tries to piece together a message from her late father and discovers in the process a strange chain of events that culminates with the appearance of several imps, creatures not normally seen by human beings.


The Princess and the Pilot
Sunday 10th June @ 6.30pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

Made by Madhouse, this film tells the story of Crown Prince Carlo of Lavemme who is set to marry Fana Del Moral, a beautiful girl from a noble family. “The Del Moral home is bombed by the military of sworn enemies the Amatsuvians, who have been waging war with Lavemme for many years. With Fana in danger, a secret plan is hatched to send her on a perilous journey by air to the Royal Palace accompanied by ace pilot Charles Kareno, who comes from a poor family but is the best mercenary to be found. It’s going to be a long, perilous journey and with only room for two in their plane, who knows how they’ll get on.

Sunday 10th June @ 8.45pm
Full information on this screening can be found HERE.

In 2019, in a dazzling Neo-Tokyo, cyber-punk bikers cruise the Blade Runner-esque streets and do battle with military scientists and a telekinetic child.

What more needs to be said about Akira. Katsuhiro Otomo’s film that defined a generation and was a crucial player in anime branching out to the western world. This will be concluding the lineup of anime for the weekend.

Tickets for each screening will be available to purchase from May 8th.
For more information on BFI you can visit their website HERE.


3 comments on “Complete lineup for BFI Anime Weekend in London this June revealed

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