JAPANESE HORROR NIGHT ‘Audition’ and ‘Tetsuo’  
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No one does horror better than the Japanese, and to celebrate Friday 13th Brighton Japan is proud to present two of the most notorious horror films ever made: Takashi Miike’s Audition (the final scene of which will live in your dreams forever), and a brand new digitally re-mastered version of the late 80’s cult classic, Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo (The Iron Man).


To prevent anyone from hiding under their seats, no seating will be provided except for blankets and rugs. Bento boxes and drinks will be served throughout the evening, picnic-style. If the weather is cold, please bring extra blankets with you to keep warm.


STRICTLY OVER 18'S ONLY (ID may be required and a challenge 25 policy is in operation)

  Audition (1999) Ôdishon (original title)  

 Takashi Miike
 Ryû Murakami (novel), Daisuke Tengan(screenplay)
 Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki


A lonely Japanese widower whose son is planning to move out of the house soon expresses his sadness to a friend and fellow film producer, who becomes inspired to hold an audition for a non-existent film so that the widower can select a new potential bride from the resulting audition pool. The widower ultimately becomes enamoured with and fascinated by one particular young woman...but first impressions can often be horribly wrong....


Audition was voted one of the 25 best horror films of all time by The Guardian.



  Tetsuo (1989)  
  A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese "salaryman", out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact dead but is somehow masterminding and guiding his rage and frustration-fueled transformation.   
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  Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY  
  7pm Doors open for bento picnic and a programme of short films  
  7.45pm Audition (running time 111mins)  
  9.50pm Tetsuo (running time 67min)  
  Ticket options: £5 entry only or £12 including a MOSHIMO Bento Dinner Box  
  Full Bar Facility  

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  14.09 - 11am onwards  

Direct from the captivating and unique streets of Tokyo, Brighton Japan brings you a weekend of Fashion, Manga, Cosplay and music. Experience the vibrant and creative culture of Harajuku with the street style fashion show, on stage transformations and amazing stalls and traders. Delve into the dynamic and exciting world of Cosplay with our Cosparade competition and Cosplay ball. Get creative at one of our workshops on everything from creating and customizing your costume to special effects makeup and Manga artistry. With a weekend full unique attractions, renowned experts and contemporary Japanese music, the Japanese Pop Culture Weekend is a trip into the heart of the Tokyo youth revolution and a chance to find out what makes Japanese pop culture like no other.


Curated by POPI ATOM


  Below are just some of our events to look forward to on the 14th. We're adding to this regularly so keep an eye out or follow us on FACEBOOK  
  Brand fashion show  

Exclusive to Brighton Japan, experience a taste of the vibrant and unique styles iconic to Japanese fashion in our Brand catwalk show. Showcasing some of the biggest names on the scene here in Europe, this is a great introduction to the world of Japanese fashion, and a must-see for fashionistas of all ages.

Brands featured-

Roxy sweetheart
Roxy sweetheart accessories: Sweet-styled jewellery with a twisted edge - for the Harajuku Girl in you. Hand-made and illustrated with love in London

kiss me kill me
On tour from France! Handmade bespoke clothing with a magical edge, Kiss Me Kill Me was featured at the prestigious Japan Expo.

World famous alternative fashion brand Cyberdog graces the catwalk with its Tokyo infused fashion collections and out of this world models.

  Street style: creative fashion competition  

Are you in love with Lolita? Fascinated by Fairy Kei? Want more Mori? Brighton Japan presents a catwalk show featuring Britain's true Fashion superstars… You!

Dress up, come along and strut your stuff on our catwalk! A panel of industry judges will choose their favorite looks with some huge prizes up for grabs! Enter online to ensure your place. All ages and Genders welcome to apply!

  Bebe Newson: Harajuki make up artist demo and workshop  

The Harajuku district of Tokyo is know worldwide as the hub of extravagant and creative street fashion. We take a look at current Tokyo trends and Make up techniques in this interactive workshop and demonstration.
Join renowned fashion, film and tv makeup artist, Bebe Newson for on stage demonstrations and off stage workshops as she transforms our models into works of art!

  Victoria Gugenheim  

This year Brighton Japan is proud to welcome Victoria Gugenheim to the festival this year. The world renowned body painter (ranking 3rd in the world) will be exhibiting her talent and creativity as she transforms models live into living canvases. Drawing inspiration from Manga and Japanese pop culture, these time consuming and detailed works of art will blow you away. Working all day Saturday and Sunday, Gugenheim will amaze with her stunning metamorphoses.



  14.09 - 7.30pm untill late  

To keep the party going till late in the evening come along to J NIGHT by JAPAN UNDERGROUND. A seriously dynamic celebration that's going to blow the roof off Brighton with all things great within the Japanese music market and it's still only Saturday. Featuring, Esprit D'Air, Of Fire and Fate, The Asterplace and Colors.

  Esprit D'Air  

Esprit D'Air are a hard rocking five piece band based here in the UK. Their flamboyant rock star looks and unmistakable Japanesque sound has marked them out as a rare occurrence of straight-up Visual Kei outside of Japan. With lots of exciting metal influences and plenty of good looks to go around, make sure to check these guys out.

  Of Fire and Fate  

They call themselves fresh and we can see why. Of Fire and Fate are a straight up metal and screamo band who are in the fiery midst of their debut album attempt. Taking their influences from American metal and combining it with their home UK sound, they are destined to rock your socks.


Colors are a strange and wonderful J-Rock band with an amazing 80s obsession. Based in London, they have played shows all over the place with their distinctive vintage rock sound. There can be nothing bad about returning to the sound of the 80s and they insist that all they want to bring you is joy. We're totally game.

  On The Day  
  Free Admission  
  Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY  

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  15.09 - 11am onwards  

After the antics of the previous day and night and after everyone has recovered, we kick off again at 11am with everything to do Cosplay, Manga and J Pop


Below are just some of our events to look forward to on the 15th. We're adding lots more to this regularly so keep an eye out or follow us on FACEBOOK


Our weekend of events wouldn't be complete without our Brighton Japan Cosplay competition!

Cosplay is arguably the UK's most popular Japanese import, with thousands of convention and festival goers transforming themselves into their favourite characters from anime, manga, film or gam. No Japanese pop culture event would be complete without this creative and exciting phenomenon.

With great prizes to be won, and a host of industry judges, this is a must-see for cosplay novices and veterans alike!

Enter online to be part of our Cosparade on Sunday the 15th. All ages and genders can apply. Skits welcome but to be no longer than 3 minutes, Cosplay teams may also apply but please state on form.

  Manga workshop  

Watch the masters at work and learn the art of manga illustration with our resident artist and experts.

  SFX makeup for cosplay demo and workshop  

Whether you're looking fresh from battle or tackling the artistic complications of character creation, this make up and effects workshop will help you add the finishing touches to any cosplay. With our expert make up artist, watch demonstrations and learn the basics of everything from cuts and bruises to changing species.

  Cosplay workshop and "introduction to cosplay"  

A guide to fabrication and the art of cosplay with our professional cosplay seamstress and expert.

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  Free Admission  
  Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY  
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  Cosplay Ball - 7.30pm  

Brighton Japan is proud to present Tokyo Taboo, Sunday 15th, 7.30pm


"Tokyo Taboo would like to get Naked and take over the world someday... With strong melodies, catchy hooks and a whole lot of heavy synth lines Tokyo Taboo aim to electrify!"


  On The Day  
  Free Admission  
  Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY  
  Free Admission  

A book talk by Adrian Favell, author of Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art, published by Blue Kingfisher (2012)


Japan is the land of techno-futurism, wild anime fantasies, and endlessly bizarre sub-cultures. It is also a country devastated by natural disasters, nuclear meltdowns, political apathy and spectacular social decline. All of this is reflected in its extraordinary contemporary art which - apart from famous names like Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara - is little known or understood in the West. In this special event organised for the Brighton Japan 2013 festival, the author Adrian Favell will present a comprehensive visual introduction to art in Japan since 1990, focusing on recent and emerging trends to be found in its pulsating capital city, Tokyo.

Adrian Favell is a professor of sociology at Sciences Po, Paris and contributes to magazines such as Art Forum and Art in America.


  On The Day  


Location: At the Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF

Free Admission

Talk Begins at 6:00PM

Doors Open at 5:30PM


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