In this special episode, Coffin Jon and special guest co-host Marc Saint-Cyr of The Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow review the shorts and films of the first two days of the Shinsedai Cinema Festival. Screenings talked about in this episode include:
Akino Kondoh’s “Ladybird’s Requiem”
Kihachiro Kawamoto retrospective
Kenji Mizoguchi’s “The Water Magician” with musical accompaniment by Vowls
Tetsuichiro Tsuta’s “Island of Dreams”
Directly download this episode here.
About The Author
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).