If you think 'Japanese film' basically means anime, Godzilla or girls in sailor girl outfits, the annual Zipangu Fest in London will set you straight. Under the auspices of chief programmer and Japan expert Jasper Sharp, it aims to highlight the more esoteric, complex side of Japanese film culture way outside the dribble of films we get distributed over here in mainstream cinemas.
June 1 will see a special Zipangu event in the fantastic jumble house otherwise known as The Cinema Museum in Kennington, London.
Screening will be a documentary, directed by Rob Makin and Ollie Verschoyle, looking at the London-based female-fronted punk-pop performance combo Frank Chickens.
Founding member Kazuko Hohki and her fellow Frank Chickens members, a self-described troop of “misfits from Japan”, will be in attendance for a selection of Chicken-themed fun, frolics and films, including a selection of items from the Zipangu Fest archives, as yet previously unseen in the UK.
Confirmed titles are:
The Good Wife of Tokyo (Kim Longinotto, 1993), 52 min
Frank Chickens - The Movie (Robert Makin, Ollie Verschoyle, 2013), 14 min
4.30pm door open for 5pm start, until 9pm.
Standard Cinema Museum ticket prices:
In advance: £8.50/£6.50 concessions (retired, students and the unemployed, with proof to be presented upon entry)
On the door: £10/£7 concessions