This article was written By Jon Jung on 25 Oct 2010, and is filed under Uncategorized.

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 is an avid movie fan who specializes in Japanese cinema, but enjoys everything from artsy high-brow to mega-billion blockbusters to straight-to-video turds. As an Asian-American, he got the best of all cinematic worlds as a child by receiving mega-doses of Ozu, Bruce Lee, Kamen Rider, and American drive-in movies in addition to a steady diet of punk rock, Japanese literature, and Buddhism. He spent six years in Japan as an English teacher and translator. In 2004, he returned to the United States to complete his Masters in Language Education and continue his career as a language educator and cultural anthropologist with a focus on language policy and language shift. Jon is a former Myrle Clark Award recipient for excellence in creative writing and has contributed to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011).

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