Japanese American Toy Theatre of London presents James Bonk in Mat Blackfinger (Akiko Hada, 1988), 12 mins.
Wife’s Knife (Yoshihiro Ito, 2006), 10 mins.
Animal Kingdom (Devi Kobayashi, 2010), 12 mins.
Frank Chickens – The Movie (Robert Makin, Ollie Verschoyle, 2013), 14 mins.
Frank Chickens - special live performance
I love London
Non Intervention Game (Yoshihiro Ito, 2008), 9 mins.
The Good Wife of Tokyo (Kim Longinotto, 1993), 52 mins.
Wonder (Mirai Mizue, 2013), 8 mins.
Also including a surprise showing from Takashi Iitsuka, Creator of 'Encounters' animated movie 'Ninja Theory'. Another surprise was having the number one shamisen player in the Uk, Hibiki, attend and play along with Frank Chickens.
The night was hosted at The Cinema Museum once an abode for a young Charlie Chaplin now a homage to the star and other movie greats, with historical memorabilia. They also had a home made cakes and a great selection of beers for people to purchase between showing and well needed.
With a huge turn of course with the rare chance to see Frank Chickens strutting their feathers on stage. It was a wonder how they could all fit on the stage with grabbing people from the audience to join in the dancing. You definitely left the event feeling uplifted if not huffing and puffing from a great work out.
The films included - featured lead linger of Frank Chickens, Kazuko Hohki. The Good Wife of Tokyo was a documentary of her past looking at the need of marriage and how Japanese women were being treated in society. I love London looked at foreigners/tourists in London sightseeing and having misconceptions over behavior where Honki played a Japanese business woman not being able to related to her estranged daughter, seeking help from a French Opere, Selphine.
We also look at a lost British tourist wondering around Japan seeing a bewildered and walked over Japanese girl, overs her help after a smile. Non Intervention Game shows how kindness can be taken and abused. Watch to find out the cruel irony of this short film.
Also it premiered Frank Chickens – The Movie by Robert Makin, Ollie Verschoyle, this showed the rise of the band and the many additions from a modest three to possible over 20 now. It was great to see how the buzz has increased over the years for the band and they are credited for their comments on Japanese society and great fashion sense.