Japanese Film Festival 2012



From 14 to 29 January, we'll have 5 programmes of very exclusive Japanese films from Zipangufest (touring Japanese film festival in the UK) with films hardly ever seen in the UK, and never shown in Newcastle before.

Two horror films that were translated on purpose for these screenings, animation films, experimental films introduced by a specialist, and a beautiful documentary on Japanese Buddhism.


All the films that we will be screening in this Japanese season have been brought to us by Zipangu Fest, the premiere festival devoted to cutting edge Japanese cinema.

Zipangu Fest aims to show japanese films previously unseen by mainstream UK film audiences, and that demonstrate the many identities of Japan as depicted by some of the country’s most exciting and revered talents. Zipangu Fest introduce a selection of features, documentaries, shorts, animations and experimental films - new and old.

The full 2011 Zipangu Fest programme was shown in November 2011 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and you can find out more on their website here:


Curated by Jasper Sharp

Zipangu Fest is a UK Japanese film festival curated by Jasper Sharp.

Jasper Sharp is a writer and film curator based in the UK andthe co-editor of the website Midnight Eye and and the co-director and co-programmer (with Chris Magee) of the Shinsedai New Generation Japanese Film Festival in Toronto.

You can find more information about him on his blog:





Films in the Japanese Film Festival 2012:


Film: Japanese Film Festival 2012: The Ghost Cat And The Mysterious Shamisen (1938)

14 Jan 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Incredible horror film from 1938, never shown in the UK before 2011.


Film: Japanese Film Festival 2012: Enter The Cosmos: Takashi Makino + Introduction!

17 Jan 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Three experimental films from 2004 to 2011 and an introduction from a specialist.


Film: Japanese Film Festival 2012: Shirome (2010)

19 Jan 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Funny / horror teenage mockumentary, especially translated for Zipangufest - Blair Witch Project meets The X-Factor.


Film: Japanese Film Festival 2012: Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits

27 Jan 2012, 7:30 p.m.

A selection of 17 animation short films from 2002 to 2011.


Film: Japanese Film Festival 2012: Kanzeon + Discussion With The Directors! (2011)

29 Jan 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Gorgeous documentary about Japanese Buddhism, or more precisely some of its sounds.