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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.

Japan Underground Organizing Free Asian Cinema All-Dayer in UK

A little silver lining support announcement about John Berra’s earlier news bit regarding the riots in the UK and, in their wake, the destruction of the Sony warehouse in Enfield.

A day of free Asian film screenings is scheduled to hit the Bloomsbury Lanes in Tavistock Square on Saturday, September 3rd. Eccentric tales of punk music saving the world (Fish Story, 2009), as well as China’s first sex shop comedy (Red Light Revolution, 2010) are amongst the films scheduled, with more to be announced shortly.

The event is being organized by Japan Underground, a club night and promoter of Asian entertainment, to raise awareness and support for the independent Asian film companies that lost their stock when the Sony DADC centre was burnt down in the England riots on August 8th.

Confirmed to be showing films at the event are Third Window Films, who recently released the critically acclaimed Japanese thriller Confessions (2010) on DVD and currently have the award-winning drama Villain (2010) in cinemas, and Terracotta Distribution, the company behind London’s Terracotta Film Festival and films as diverse as Big Tits Zombie 3D (2010) and “Film of the Year” (Sight & Sound) Breathless (2009).

“Business is tough enough in the current climate, it would be an utter shame if the Sony DADC incident resulted in these independent companies ceasing to trade. They have so many fantastic and quirky titles that appeal to all kinds of film fans. I hope this free event will encourage those that would not usually try Asian cinema to give it a go, as well as allowing existing fans to show their support to the companies behind the films,” says Japan Underground’s director Tom Smith.

For further information visit Japan Underground.  Japan Underground’s club night will follow the screenings in the venue’s Kingpin Suite, showcasing Japanese music and live artists until the early hours.

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