Japanese Film Festival


The Star and Shadow Cinema is very excited to be screening some excellent programmes from Zipangu Fest, the first UK-wide Japanese Film Festival, with programmes very rarely seen in the UK, from mesmerising new animation to beautiful live action feature films.

This will be a special treat – it will include a selection of shorts from some of Japan’s most innovative animation filmmakers, a night of horror animated films (with freakshows and serial killers!) and 2 beautiful (live action) feature films - a drama and a comedy.

Season curated by Jasper Sharp, Director of Zipangu Fest, and who will come over to introduce the night on 7 April!


Event programmed with the support of the ZIPANGU FEST: JAPANESE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Films in the Japanese Film Festival:


Film: Japanese Film Festival - Experimental Animation Short Films: Beyond Anime: Calf Animation + Talk (2007 To 2010)

7 Apr 2011, 7:30 p.m.

A very rare screening of no less than 13 short animation programmes from the new CALF label, which distributes work from some of the most innovative independent Japanese filmmakers + Jasper Sharp, director of London Japanese Film Festival and specialist of Japanese cinema, will introduce the night!


Film: Japanese Film Festival - Feature Film: Nn-891102 + 3 Short Animation Films

10 Apr 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Unforgettable indie classic about a man struggling to overcome the trauma of the A-bomb through sound.


Film: Japanese Film Festival - Horror Animation Short Films: Ero Guro Anime Night (1993 To 2008)

14 Apr 2011, 7:30 p.m.

This is a selection of 4 nightmarish short animation films, from underground filmmakers Hiroshi Harada and Naoyuki Niiya. The films sit within a hybridised East-West freakshow tradition, and promise a night you won’t soon forget!


Film: Japanese Film Festival - Feature Film: Footed Tadpoles + 2 Animation Short Films (2009)

17 Apr 2011, 7:30 p.m.

A quirky coming-of-age comedy about first love in junior high school.