10:34 - 23rd September 2012, by David West

Anime and Asian Cinema at the 26th Leeds International Film Festival

The 26th Leeds International Film Festival will showcase a world of cinema when it runs from 1 to 18 November 2012.

The Thought Bubble Convention will on 17 and 18 November as part of the Leeds Comic Art Festival that runs from 11 to 18 November alongside the film festival.

With these festivals, you are spoiling us, ambassador.

Details of the full programme of event for LIFF have yet to be released, but anime and Asian cinema are already part of the line up.

On the movie front, LIFF is holding a retrospective dedicated to the legendary Japanese actress and filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka.

There will be screenings of The Eternal Breasts and Girls of Dark, two of Kinuyo Tanaka's rarely-seen directorial works, both presented on archive 35mm prints imported from Japan.

These two films will be accompanied by a selection of her finest performances in films by three of the masters of Japanese cinema: Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff, Yasujiro Ozu's A Hen in the Wind, and Mikio Naruse's Mother.

The retrospective at the Hyde Park Picture House will both celebrate and shed new light on the career of a figure of significant importance to world cinema history.

The hugely popular Fanomenon Anime Day returns this year on Sunday 11 November, with ten hours of anime on the big screen.

The first three titles confirmed for the event are Mamoru Hosada's The Wolf Children, and the first two Berserk feature films from the trilogy directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka - The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg Of The King and The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle For Doldrey.

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