One of the real highlights of Summer 2012 for me was the opportunity to attend Zipangu Fest - a 3-day orgy of some of the most eclectic and avant garde Japanese Cinema, curated by the singular talents of Jasper Sharp and hosted by The Cinema Museum in London. The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the documentary The Echo of Astro Boy's Footsteps - Tominaga Masanori's portrait of the pioneering sound designer Ohno Matsuo, most famous for creating the signature noise of the film's title. I recently named the film in my Top 10 Asian films of 2012 Part 2, and anybody interested in checking out the film for themselves is in luck - provided they will be in London this coming Saturday, 19 January.
Zipangu Fest's first event of 2013 is a screening of Footsteps at the Roxy Bar & Screen on Borough High Street. The film will be screening alongside the wonderfully demented animation, Man-Eater Mountain from Niiya Naoyuki, it begins at 3pm and tickets are available on the door for £4 a pop. This is a rare chance to see these superb examples of adventurous contemporary Japanese Cinema that fall well outside the borders of what we expect from the country's output. I guarantee you an eye-opening afternoon, and it's a bargain too!