Another film fest in London (just in case we run out of films to watch): the zippily named Zipangu Fest, which runs from 18 November to 24 November.
The Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) is hosting the festival with some events also taking place at Café Oto, an alternative space in Dalston (E8 3DL) devoted to promoting “creative new music that exists outside the mainstream”.
The premiere festival devoted to cutting edge Japanese cinema, Zipangu Fest aims to demonstrate the many identities of Japan as depicted by some of the country’s most exciting and revered talents, introducing a selection of features, documentaries, shorts, animations and experimental films – new and old – previously unseen by mainstream UK film audiences.
Quirky, interesting things to go see/experience:
- アブラクサスの祭 (Aburakusasu no matsuri/Abraxas) – A punk-musician-turned-Buddhist-monk in midlife crisis seeks “absolution through noise”.
- Enter the Cosmos: Takashi Makino Special – Experimental film. I’m not sure how to describe it (or what to expect), but it sounds intriguing.
- Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits – Beyond Studio Ghibli, Satoshi Ken and Shinkai Makoto – a selection of the best indie anime shorts.
- Cat Soup (Anime + live music) – The tag line says it all: “Nytta embarks on a surreal journey to rescue his sister’s half-soul”.
The festival also features several “Nuclear Reactions” documentaries, covering quite a range of topics:
- 第五福龍丸 (Daigo Fukuryū Maru/Lucky Dragon No.5) – A vintage docudrama from 1959 that retells “the nuclear catastrophe that inspired Godzilla”.
- ヒロシマナガサキ ダウンロード (Hiroshima Nagasaki Download) – An on-the-road documentary interviewing survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagaski atomic bombs.
And two contemporary critiques of Japan’s nuclear industry:
- ミツバチの羽音と地球の回転 (Mitsu-bachi no Haoto to Chikyū no Kaiten/Ashes to Honey)
- 六ヶ所村 ラプソディー (Rokkasho-mura rapusodii/Rokkasho Rhapsody)
Appropriately, proceeds from Zipangu’s Nippon Re-Read Event on Nov 22 (held at Café Oto) will go to the Japan disaster relief fund for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which resulted in a great fallout at the Fukushima Nuclear Plants.