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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 15: Satoshi Kon/Kihachiro Kawamoto Memorial Episode

In this episode, we memorialize animators Kihachiro Kawamoto and Satoshi Kon who passed away on August 23rd and 24th, respectively.  With guest host Cathy Munroe-Hotes of Nishikata Film Review, we review Kon’s Paprika and Kawamoto’s The Book of the Dead. Friends and past guests of the show, including Mark Schilling of the Japan Times, Jasper Sharp of Midnight Eye and the Zipangu Fest, and Jason Gray of Screen International, call in with their memories and impressions of the two late, great filmmakers.


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Show links:

Kihachiro Kawamoto interview on Midnight Eye

Satoshi Kon interview on Midnight Eye

Satoshi Kon’s Blog (Japanese)

An English Translation of Satoshi Kon’s last words

The Dreaming Machine Official Blog (Japanese)

The World’s Most Action Packed Movie

Zhang Yimou interview on Criterioncast

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Bonus Episode 11: Interview with New Filipino Cinema Series Co-Curator Joel Shepard
The VCinema Show Episode 44: Green Snake


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