BBC4 Asian Invasion

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BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby trevor826 » Fri Jan 06, 2006 11:56 am

BBC4 is a freeview channel unlike Filmfour and next week is the start of a series covering aspects of Asian cinema called Asian Invasion. Hosted by the rather irritating Jonathon Ross it will probably be fairly light and only cover the recent surge.

In the first programme he meets with Miyazaki, Oshii and Kitamura, just don't expect anything indepth.

To go with the series and the release of Memoirs of a Geisha, there are a series of films and documentaries.

Films for next week are Twilight Samurai, Kikujiro and Gohatto.

Films over the following weeks include Ping Pong, Full Time Killer, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring, Take Care of My Cat and Chihwaseon.

Documentaries for next week cover various aspects of Japan including Samurai, Geishas, Art, Trains and Coffee Houses.

There should be something of interest for almost everyone.

Link for first programme details Asian Invasion 1.

Cheers Trev.

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby Johndav » Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:53 am

Thanks for that Trevor. I can get British TV with a digibox here. Yeah, Wossie gets on my nerves too, at least to do with films (he can be quite entertaining otherwise, if always self-obsessed)) and he dumbed down the Film programme a bit after Barry Norman (though his reviews are actually quite well expressed)- a more populist programme with him (though Norman was not exactly in an intellectual ivory tower.) So his choice of Asian films is no great surprise (i.e modern + trendy rather than older masters + classics, or more demanding/ difficult films ). He could have done better, but i'll be glad to see 3 ones new to me. And i sppose any season that draws attention to the whole subect and may encourage viewers to delve deeper should be a good thing. Especially as there's still so little world cinema on British TV.

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby trevor826 » Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:39 am

Which are the three you haven't seen John? The only one I haven't seen is Ping Pong, I assume the following episodes of the series will cover South Korea and Hong Kong.

I find it annoying that whenever the BBC covers anything to do with modern Asian culture, they always seem to give it to the most annoying possible presenters. A recent series from Japan was presented by "Adam and Joe" and they managed to cheapen the whole experience.

Cheers Trev.

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby Johndav » Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:55 am

Not seen Full Time Killer, Ping Pong, Take Care of my Cat (the one i'm looking forward to most). I liked Twilight Samurai + Kikujiro, Spring Summer was fine, but none were all-out masterpieces imo.

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby trevor826 » Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:01 pm

The first episode covering Japan was on last night, very light as I had expected but also annoying, virtually every film covered has been available in the UK for several years, the interviews again were too light and totally uninformative.

I realise the show hasn't been produced for people like us but I don't know if it will attract anyone to watching Asian cinema who isn't already interested.

Nice to see Miyazaki and Oshii though.

The docs accompanying the series have fared better and been enlightening and entertaining, one covered the length of Japan using various trains from the ultra fast bullet to the pondorous old steam trains. Time was also spent at various stopping points giving a varied look at Japanese life.

Have you caught any of the programmes John?

Cheers Trev.

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby chris aberystwyth » Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:07 am

hey Trevor, when are these programmes on, i get BBC4 and wouldnt mind catching a few of them.
chris aberystwyth

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby trevor826 » Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:21 am

The first episode of Asian Invasion is repeated tonight at 11.25pm, if your on line you've just about got time to catch it.

Cheers Trev.

I'll detail other prog times later.

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby chris aberystwyth » Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:34 am

cheers, il have to miss the first episode since i have an essay due tomorrow but will catch it next week
chris aberystwyth

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby Johndav » Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:38 am

I've just read this a few minutes after it started. My wife had drawn my attention to it. I feared the worst of Woss, and.. of course he starts off about Kurosawa ("the best"), as influence on Hollywood big names, not mentioning Ozu + Mizo, + as if the strengths of Japanese cinema started only in the 50's. Yeah yeah. He's so predictable + he winds me up the wrong way.

I saw part of Twilight Samurai last night, was less taken with it than first time round, though it's still definitely worthwhile.

Back to Woss; on his first ever Film programme, at the Oscars, he made two elementary factual howlers that showed not only his ignorance but failure even to do proper research/preparation for his big moment. My opinion of him hasn't improved.

Re: BBC4 Asian Invasion

Postby trevor826 » Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:58 am

Times and dates of further programmes and films:

12 Jan.

9.00pm Geisha Girl

Film following 15-year-old Yukina as she leaves home and travels to Kyoto to embark on the arduous training to become a Geisha.

Geisha are Japan's traditional high-class entertainers: painted beauties who entertain rich business men. The profession has always been shrouded in controversy, with some believing Geisha are little more than high-class prostitutes.

As Yukina starts her training, does she really understand what this ancient profession has in store for her?

10.00pm Art Safari

Takashi Murakami: Toying with Art

Ben Lewis looks at the work of Takashi Murakami, whose candy-coloured artworks have made him Japan's most successful contemporary artist.

From Louis Vuitton handbags to super-sized toys and enormous outdoor inflatable sculptures, Takashi Murakami's work is the art world's best art investment; prices for his work have risen 20 times over in less than 10 years.

He runs a huge international art business with studios in Japan and New York, curates exhibitions, and organises art fairs. An Andy Warhol for the 21st century, Takashi Murakami has turned his art into a brand with everything from mousemats to chocolate crunch. His art may look superficial and commercialised, but Ben goes to Tokyo and discovers that behind it lies a theory about the history of post-war Japan.

13 Jan

8.30pm The Cinema Show

Stuart Maconie exclusively reveals the shortlist for the 2006 BBC FOUR World Cinema Awards.

The programme looks at two contrasting accounts of historical Japan with Memoirs of a Geisha, and Twilight Samuri.

10.00pm Film - Gohatto.

12.25am I Samurai

Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a break from his art critic day job to immerse himself in the art, rituals and practices of the Japanese warrior cult.

Well worth seeing.

Geish Girl and Art Safari are also repeated following I Samurai.

Unfortunately Great Railway Journey's isn't repeated.

14 Jan

10.00pm Film - Ping Pong

17 Jan

10.00pm Asian Invasion 2 - Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong Jonathan meets Stephen Chow, star of King Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, celebrates Michelle Yeoh, the world's first female Asian superstar and looks back at his all-time Hong Kong heroes, including Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

11.00pm Film - Full Time Killer

21 Jan

10.00pm Film - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring

23 Jan

Film - Take Care of My Cat

24 Jan

10.00pm Asian Invasion 3 - South Korea

Among the directors Jonathan meets are Park Chan-wook, whose film Oldboy won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004. He also looks at an extremely odd little monster movie produced by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il who kidnapped the film's director from South Korea to make his dream project.

11.00pm Film - Chihwaseon.

There may be supplementary docs but if so, they haven't been listed yet.

Cheers Trev.


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