Zipangu Fest is pleased to announce the return of its celebrated ‘Beyond Anime’ section returns for its third year with 4 works that are testaments to the enormous wealth of creativity, imagination and dedication within the world of Japanese independent animation.
Midori-ko (2010) is set in a world facing chronic food shortages, where a motley crew of scientists are hard at work to create the perfect super-food, a hybrid of meat and vegetable.
In Encounters (2011), John takes his pal Max to the countryside in order to cure his broken heart. A friendly stray dog looks set to initially cheer his flagging spirits, but what’s that coming over the hill…? The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director and animator Takashi Iitsuka.
Zipangu Fest are proud to welcome back animator Atsushi Wada, whose animations showed two years ago at the very first Zipangu Fest as part of the Beyond Anime: CALF Animation programme. This time Wada returns with The Great Rabbit (2012), a short that won the prestigious Silver Bear (Jury Prize) at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, and is described as “a magical hand-drawn animation that is also a profound conundrum.”
In The Echo Of Astro Boy’s Footsteps (2011), director Masanori Tominaga leads an investigation into the extraordinary double life of legendary sound designer Matsuo Ohno. Following his groundbreaking experimental sound work on cult Japanese animations Astro Boy, Lupin the 3rd, and Space Battleship Yamato, Ohno mysteriously disappears from the public eye, retreating into a world of seclusion and personal struggle.
All the above films will be shown as part of Zipangu Fest 2012 at the beautiful Cinema Museum in Kennington, South London.