The Zipangu Festival (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,

They will be screening an 82 minute live action documentary ‘The Echo of Astro Boy’s Footsteps’ on Saturday 19th January. The screening is being held at the Roxy Bar and Screen Cinema at 4 pm. More details can be found here.

Here’s an excerpt from Zipangu’s website about the Documentary :


In 1963, Japan’s first ever animated TV series began broadcasting, Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy. The series itself has entered the realms of legend, with its main character a cultural icon across much of the world. But outside of the adventures of its little boy robot star, the series is also remembered for its futuristic sound effects, the creation of the pioneering sound designer Matsuo Ohno.

This riveting documentary follows his career through the eyes of those who worked with him and the experimental musicians whom he inspired, through a combination of hypnotic sounds and extraordinary images as those left by the Astro Boy’s footsteps leads us to a revelation that is as moving as it is unexpected.

With narration provided by the world-renowned Pizzicato Five vocalist Maki Nomiya, and the film’s own sound design by the electronic musician Pardon Kimura, Mochinaga’s film features rare scenes and sounds from animated films such as Lupin the 3rd, Space Battleship Yamato and Mobile Suit Gundam.