Welcome to our second annual podcast episode covering the Zipangu Festival in London. This year’s festival ran from November 18th – 24th, 2011 in London and, much like last year’s, featured films both contemporary and classic and from a wide spectrum of genres. In this episode, we interview the following filmmakers and people involved with the festival:
- Jasper Sharp: Jasper is the Director and Chief Curator of the festival and author of the book Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema (FAB Press, 2008)
- Neil Cantwell, Tim Grabham, Ta2mi: Neil and Tim produced KanZeOn, a 2011 documentary about the role of sound and music in Buddhism and their dissemination into everyday Japanese life. Ta2mi is a hip-hop DJ, beatboxer, and Buddhist priest who appears in the film. Ta2mi also gives a banging impromptu beatbox performance of the traditional Japanese folk song “Sakura”.
- Shinpei Takeda: Tijuana-based Takeda is an artist and filmmaker whose deeply affecting 2009 documentary Hiroshima Nagasaki Download starts as a project to interview World War II A-Bomb survivors becomes a personal journey of memory and experience.
Direct link: Bonus Episode 9.
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