United Red Army and the Legacy of Koji Wakamatsu Talk by Jasper Sharp

23 January 2013 from 6.30pm, at the Japan Foundation, London

Koji Wakamatsu, a controversial and iconoclastic filmmaker tragically passed away in October 2012 aged 76. A self-taught director and producer, Wakamatsu produced over 100 films in his career, gaining notoriety for his soft-core ‘pink’ and exploitation films before delving into a more politically-charged cinema. Wakamatsu’s most ambitious and celebrated film is United Red Army, a docu-drama depicting the rise and fall of 1960s left-wing radicalism, will be screened as part of this year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

Complementing this screening, Jasper Sharp, writer and film curator, will briefly go through Wakamatsu’s prolific career and contribution to the nation’s cinema. Focusing particularly onUnited Red Army, this talk will look into how Wakamatsu came to make the film about a brutal and bloody history that had almost been forgotten, and how it stands out as the best among the films depicting Japan’s epic historical radicalism activities in the 1960s.

Zipangu Fest (ジパング・フェスト)

Zipangu Fest (ジパング・フェスト) is the first UK-wide festival devoted to Japanese film, introducing works new and old, many previously unseen by mainstream UK film audiences, to demonstrate the many identities of Japan as depicted by some of the country’s most exciting and revered talents.

Zipangu Fest operates as a UK-registered non-profit organisation, formed in the best interest of developing a new appreciation in the UK of Japanese film talents.

Zipangu Fest 2011 has been realised thanks to the following people:

Organising committee:
Festival Director & Chief Curator Jasper Sharp (http://jaspersharp.com/blog/about)
Assistant Curator Julian Ross
Producer Fei Phoon
Producer Tun Shwe
Press Relations Sarah Macdonald
Guest Relations Nikhila Anoth
Guest Relations Almudena Escobar Lopez
Guest Relations & Operations Eve Choomsawat
Operations Jia Luo
Print Shipping Garfman Leung
Video Editing Momoko Abe
Cover Artist Mike Lomon (http://michaellomon.com)

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners:
The Japan Foundation (http://www.jpf.org.uk)
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (http://gbsf.org.uk)
Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy (http://www.jvtacademy.com/english)
The SRK (http://thesrk.com)
Kinema Nippon (http://kinemanippon.org)
Branchage Film Festival (http://branchagefestival.com)
Electric Sheep (http://electricsheepmagazine.co.uk)
VCinema (http://variedcelluloid.net/vcinema)
Tsuru (http://tsuru-sushi.co.uk)
National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (http://www.momat.go.jp/english/nfc)
Coventry East Asian Film Society (http://cueafs.com)
Cafe OTO (http://cafeoto.co.uk)
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (http://ica.org.uk)
Neil Cantwell (http://www.dissolvingpath.com) & Tim Grabham (http://thesrk.com/795469/Tim-Grabham)
Aily Nash & Nine Yamamoto-Massan
Bo Ningen (http://myspace.com/boningen)
Erlend Palm
Sayaka Smith
Third Window Films (http://thirdwindowfilms.com)
Terracotta Distribution (http://terracottadistribution.com)
Sirida Pensri & Stefan Holliland

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