*UPDATE 29.01.17* It has been announced that Koe no Katachi will be shown at ten locations across the UK between the 5th February and 26th March. These locations are: ICA London, Showroom Sheffield, QUAD Derby, Watershed Bristol, Macrobert Arts Centre Sterling, HOME Manchester, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Exeter Phoenix, Phoenix Leicester and Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast. Exact times are still to be confirmed but dates can be found on the Japan Film Tour website.
Following the overwhelming success of Kimi no Na wa in Japanese and overseas cinemas, UK anime fans will be delighted with the prospect of getting the opportunity to see another of 2016’s premier anime features.
Koe no Katachi or A Silent Voice, directed by Naoko Yamada, was released in Japanese cinemas on 17th September 2017, ranking only behind Makoto Shinkai’s latest release in the box office. It’s a film based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima that follows Shoya Ishida, a delinquent who bullies a deaf student, Shoko Nishimiya in elementary school. The film focuses on events several years after, where he meets her again and seeks redemption.
The showing, which has so far been confirmed at the ICA London, is part of a wider showing of Japanese films that aims to give viewers a broad introduction to Japanese cinema through ‘the prism of desires, hope and impulses’.
Ever since I heard about Koe no Katachi I’ve really wanted to see it and I’m glad that the success of Kimi no Na wa has helped to bring western cinemas more great anime – now we just need to hope that they show it more widely across the tour!
The Japan Foundation Tour 2017 is scheduled across the UK between the 3rd February and 29th March. For a full list of films and locations so far have a look at their website here.
Amazon have also listed three editions of the film for pre-order on December 18: