Its Hyper Japan this weekend in East London, at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Starting from tomorrow, there’ll be 3 days of celebrating Japan’s presence in London, with a variety of exhibitors with stalls providing food, fashion, books, anime etc. Our old friends from Third Window Films will be there too. Am looking forward to it.
There’s something else on Saturday I wanted to draw your attention to however, which is totally unconnected with both this event and our own ZipanguFest, yet is happening around the same area.This is a screening of an indie film called Butt Boat (Shirifune) at the Cafe Oto, 18 – 22 Ashwin street, Dalston, from 7.30pm followed by a live set from Sobameshi & Porno and a DJ set from Bo Ningen.
The event has been organised by Improvica, a new initiative aimed at bringing Japanese music and film to the UK by Yuhi Nakano, or in their own words “Improvica record label is London’s unrivaled portal for Japanese folk, electronic and conceptual music. Under the guidance of Yuhi Nakano, Improvica serves indie to major labels from Europe and Japan, as well as organising events, concerts and art exhibitions.”
Clearly the East End of London is the place to fix your sites if you’re interested in Japan, because barely 3 days later you’ve got the Takahiko Iimura screenings coming to Bethnal Green, as I just posted last time, and there’s Zipangu Fest coming up at the end of November – watch this space for more info.
As for Butt Boat, it looks like its going to be a good fun night and I’ll be there in my element. I was passed on the information by the producer of Go Shibata, the director of such dirt-under-the-fingernail hits as NN-891102, Late Bloomer and Doman Seman, one of the many figures who have added their seal of approval to the film. All I know is there’s a lot of Osaka’s thriving music scene in the film, and a lot of bare arses too. Read on for the official blurb, and if that’s not enough for you, check out the official website here…
SHIRIFUNE ‘BUTT BOAT’ (film screening)
SOBAMESHI & PORNO (live)
BO NINGEN (dj set)
+ Authentic Osaka Okonomiyaki on sale!
With his previous film “Rainmaker”, director Moriro Miyamoto became the focus of much attention due to his aesthetic sensitivity said to be that of a filmmaker 20 years his senior.
In stark contrast to “Rainmaker”, which was shot in Berlin, Glasgow, Vietnam, the Tottori sand dunes and Osaka, new production “Butt Boat” was filmed entirely within the city of Osaka.
His inspiration: ‘butt paintings’.
Taking this obscure underground phenomenon as his topic, Miyamoto put onto film a noisy syntax of scenes saturated with the indigenous beat of Osaka.
Featuring not only members of the Osaka music scene, but also distinguished collaborators from various fields both in front of and behind the camera, “Butt Boat” boisterously shines with the young talent of the Kansai region.
In particular, members of the band OSHIRI PENPENZ were a cornerstone of the production, contributing music and sound recording as well as appearing in the film.
Positive responses to “Butt Boat” have come from several leading filmmakers, artists and musicians including JOJO Hiroshige, Shinji Imaoka, Mitsuru Meike, Shinsuke Michishita, Go Shibata, Tetsuya Umeda, Taichi Oka , Tetsujin Yajirushi and Hitoshi Odajima.
The right eye spells your fortune, the left eye filled with light,
Standing tall with a backbone of chaos, this is Palace Noir!!
2009 / Japan / 82mins / DV / Color