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About Jon Jung

Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

Episode 13: Tony Takitani

In this episode, the VCinema boys are joined in the fourth chair by Dr. John Berra, a film scholar who has authored and edited books covering American Independent and Japanese cinema.  Besides talking to us about these publications and a post that he has accepted abroad, John joins us in a discussion and review of  Tony Takitani (2004, dir: Jun Ichikawa), a character study adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami.  Also included in this episode is an extended talk about Murakami, his style, works, films both inspired or adapted from his work including the upcoming Norwegian Wood (2010, dir: Anh Hung Tran), Hear the Wind Sing (1980, dir: Kazuki Omori), Starfish Hotel (2006, dir: John Williams), and more.

Also included in this episode is discussion about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010, dir: Edgar Wright), Cool as Ice (1991, dir: David Kellogg), Punishment Park (1971, dir: Peter Watkins), One False Move (1992, dir: Carl Franklin), and more!

Directly download this episode here.

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Bonus Episode Four: Japan Cuts 2010 Post-Festival Interview
The VCinema Show Episode 35: Exte
The VCinema Show: Tokyo Waka Interview Special

One Comment

  1. Chris
    9 September, 2010

    Ah nice. I actually just started reading Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman this week (Kris got it for me).

    I’m a big fan of Murakami, but I found he was a “gateway drug” of sorts. My other favorite author is Kobo Abe.
    If you haven’t checked out his work, you definitely should. Secret Rendezvous and The Ruined Map are pretty interesting.

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