This article was written By Jon Jung on 04 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).

Satoshi Kon and Kihachiro Kawamoto memorial episode

Like the thousands of other film and animation fans who have had the pleasure to experience their work, we here at VCinema were saddened to hear about the deaths of two creative and influential filmmakers and animators.  Kihachiro Kawamoto (pictured above right) succumbed to pneumonia, on August 24, 2010 followed the next day by the passing of Satoshi Kon due to pancreatic cancer.  We here at VCinema send condolences to the friends and families of these two men.

To memorialize these two men, VCinema will be dedicating episode 15 to looking at both Kon’s and Kawamoto’s careers as well as reviewing two of their works, respectively, Paprika and Book of the Dead.  If you are interested in contributing to this episode, feel free to tell us some of  your favorite works, scenes, memories etc of these two filmmakers by leaving us a message on our voicemail (206) 426-1390 or recording an mp3 and emailing it to

As we plan to release this episode on October 22nd, all contributions are due by October 17th.

Thank you.