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Main Dates Announced for the 3rd Zipangu Fest Film Festival 2012

Date: 2012 July 17 15:14

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UK based fans of Japanese cinema will be pleased to hear of the return of the Zipganu Fest. The Japanese film festival is set to return from Friday 14th September until Sunday 16th September 2012 at the Cinema Museum in Kennington, South London.

Following the main event the festival will be touring around the UK.

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London – Tuesday 17th July 2012


Zipangu Fest, the UK's premier cross-cultural showcase of Japanese cinema, is back for its third year.

With a host of uncompromising, challenging and pertinent works, featuring the finest selection of recent features, shorts, documentaries, animations and experimental pieces, this year's edition continues the festival's celebration of both traditional and contemporary Japan.

Relocated beneath the architectural splendour of the Lambeth Workhouse (better known as the childhood residence of Charles Chaplin), Zipangu Fest 2012 is set to take place at the historically significant Cinema Museum in Kennington, South London from September 14th to 16th.

The Cinema Museum, known for its burgeoning collection of cinema memorabilia and extensive film archive, sets the scene for this year's Reel Zipangu strand, a tribute to the legacy of celluloid in a rapidly digitalising world. With the majority of our screenings from 16mm or 35mm film, including several screenings of as yet unseen rarities, Reel Zipangu aims to celebrate the very physical essence of celluloid film.

Elsewhere Zipangu Fest 2012 is excited to present a special strand on Japan's Brazilian immigrant community, whilst the ever-popular Beyond Anime section will see its triumphant return.

Following the main festival in London, Zipangu Fest will be touring its new programme to venues across the UK.

The full programme of Zipangu Fest 2012 will be announced at a soon-to-be-revealed event at the Prince Charles Cinema on August 22nd.

For more details, visit the official website at, and the venue's website at


About Zipangu Fest
Zipangu Fest is a non-profit organization created in 2010 to bring the best of Japanese cinema to the UK. Its unique and independent brand of curation paints a multi-faceted portrait of Japan in the form of rare or previously unseen gems from some of the country’s most exciting and revered talents. Outside of the main London-based festival, Zipangu Fest tours its programme to several cities across the UK.

About the Festival Director
Jasper Sharp is an internationally renowned writer and curator based in the UK. He has curated high-profile seasons and retrospectives at the British Film Institute, the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, as well as Austin Fantastic Fest, Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, Wroclaw’s New Horizons Festival, and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. He is the co-founder of the Shinsedai New Generation Japanese Cinema Festival in Toronto. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines across the world. In 2001 he co-founded the website Midnight Eye, the premier English language resource on Japanese cinema with film critic Tom Mes, with whom he also co-authored The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film. He has also published an award-winning study of the Japanese pink film industry Behind the Pink Curtain, and his latest work, The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema is now available from Scarecrow Press. More on his work can be found at

Source: Zipangu Fest
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