Date: 2011 September 05 15:37
Posted by Joe
London based fans of cutting edge Japanese cinema will want to head over to the ICA from Thursday 17th to Thursday 24th November 2011 for the return of Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival. The festival will then move around the UK.
They'll have lots of treats lined up, including two titles that have never been shown in the UK, one being especially subtitled for the festival.
Press release as follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
London - Monday September 5th 2011
SECOND ZIPANGU FEST TO KICK OFF AT LONDON'S ICA
This year's celebration of cutting edge Japanese cinema will get under way from November 17th to 24th
Following the success of last year's inaugural festival, the second Zipangu Fest – celebrating the best of cutting edge and avant garde Japanese cinema – will be held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts from November 17th to 24th, before moving to venues around the UK.
Showcasing a selection of Japan's finest features, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films, this year's Zipangu Fest will include a retrospective screening of two rarely seen gems that have never been shown in the UK. One of these – a pre-war horror title – has been subtitled especially for the festival.
Festival director and head programmer, Jasper Sharp, comments: ‘After the runaway success of last year's festival, we are very excited about Zipangu Fest 2011. Our aim is to showcase the wealth of talent in the independent and experimental filmmaking scene in Japan by showing the sort of films that other festivals barely seem to be aware of. The beauty of Japanese film is that you know you're always going to see something different, and this year we've got another exciting and diverse range of titles to challenge, provoke and entertain. We're particularly thrilled that the ICA is hosting this year's event, as it is the perfect venue for us, and with last year's programme touring to cities including Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle and Tallinn in Estonia, we hope to continue with our goal of bringing these films to as wide an audience as possible.'
About Zipangu Fest
The first UK-wide festival devoted to Japanese film, Zipangu Fest aims to demonstrate the many identities of Japan by introducing works new and old by some of the country's most exciting and revered talents. Last year's inaugural festival took place at various venues around London's East End before travelling to regional events in Bristol, Leeds, Coventry, Nottingham and Newcastle in the UK, and further afield to Tallinn in Estonia.
About Jasper Sharp
Jasper Sharp is a writer and curator based in the UK. He co-edits the web site Midnight Eye, the premier English language resource on Japanese cinema, which he founded with Tom Mes in 2001. He is a regular visitor to Japan, having lived in Tokyo between 2001 and 2005, where he co-authored the Midnight Eye Guide to Japanese Film (Stonebridge Press, 2004). His critically acclaimed study of the Japanese pink film industry Behind the Pink Curtain, was published by FAB Press in 2008, while his latest work, The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema will be published by Scarecrow Press later in 2011. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines across the world. He has curated a number of high-profile seasons and retrospectives at the British Film Institute, the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, as well as Austin Fantastic Fest, Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival, Wroclaw's New Horizons Festival, and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. He is the co-founder, with Chris MaGee, of the Shinsedai New Generation Japanese Cinema Festival in Toronto.