Comic Proportions

Japanese Films Adapted from Manga

4 February to 28 February 2006

Not just for kids and a very significant part of the country’s subculture, Japanese comics (manga) have increasingly become a source of inspiration for Japanese filmmakers, particularly of the younger generation. The result is a new wave of cinema bursting with visual invention and exciting ideas as directors break down and reconstruct images and stories already created by artists in another medium.

The Touring Film Programme in 2006 represented a handful of examples of live-action manga, a selection which ranges widely across style and genre but which is united by a guarantee of extravagant entertainment.