Zipangu Fest 2012 Announces a Kaiju Double Bill … in TohoScope!

Zipangu Fest 2012

Ahead of the announcement of their full line-up on August 22nd 2012, the 2012 version of the UK’s Zipangu Fest will be treating fans of kaiju monster movies to a double bill at the Prince Charles Cinema in Central London. On tap will be 1962’s “King Kong vs. Godzilla” and 1963’s “Matango, Fungus of Terror”, both shown in TohoScope! Yes, I haven’t a clue what TohoScope is, either, but it’s apparently a big deal. Full press release ahoy.

Zipangu Fest and Cigarette Burns Cinema present a Creature Feature Double Bill in 35mm and full extra widescreen TohoScope!

The UK’s favourite Japanese film festival bursts back into 2012 with a monstrous retro kaiju double bill collaboration with independent cult cinema exhibitor Cigarette Burns Cinema.

On Wednesday August 22nd 2012, horror, sci-fi and kaiju fans can catch this unique screening of both King Kong vs. Godzilla and Matango, Fungus of Terror, both showing in their English language versions, at the Prince Charles Cinema in Central London.

This double whammy from the legendary director Ishiro Honda, creator of Godzilla and the mastermind behind some of Japan’s most inventive and memorable apocalyptic visions, will be a unique opportunity to enjoy both films as they were meant to be seen, on 35mm and in full widescreen TohoScope, on one of London’s biggest screens.

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) sees the world’s two most monumental movie monsters go head-to-head, slugging it out in their first ever colour widescreen outing. The film remains the most commercially successful of all the Godzilla films to date.

Matango, Fungus of Terror (1963), a hallucinogenic horror adapted from the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by the English author William Hope Hodgson, follows a yacht full of privileged Tokyo-ites who are forced to face their primordial selves after they find themselves washed up on deserted tropical island festooned with clumps of fungus.

This Triple Creature Double Feature programme is sponsored by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and will travel to a number of venues around the UK following its London opening.

The screenings from 35mm prints will pave the way for one of the main themes of Zipangu Fest 2012, to be held at The Cinema Museum in Kennington, South London, from September 14th to 16th. The Reel Zipangu strand will celebrate the legacy of celluloid in a rapidly digitalising world.

The full 2012 line-up will be announced on August 22nd, with the fest itself running from September 14th to the 16th. Stay tuned for more updates.

For more details, visit the official website.