Alongside her theatre and music work, Kazuko Hohki has created, led and collaborated on a number of broadcast, digital and literary works.
Kazuko has created film and animation for a number of live performances, including collaborating with Award winning filmmaker Tim Hope to create animation for her productions Toothless and The Shining Princess; creating digital animation and film for her productions My Husband is a Spaceman, Evidence for the Existence of Borrowers and The Great Escape, A Borrowers Tale; collaborating with Yellow Earth Theatre as a digital artist, creating animation and film for productions including Leahs Daughters; creating interactive digital resources for her theatre productions including My Husband is a Spaceman.
Kazuko was a member of BBC Radios Sparks, Writers Group – contributing to a Mapping Earth and Womens Hour broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She developed her first full-length radio drama S, first broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Wire, and subsequently regularly repeated. Kazuko has performed in a number of radio plays and stories for BBC radio including As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams, Frog Spring Jazz and Over the Horizon.
Film and TV
Kazuko made a feature documentary The Good Wife of Tokyo, directed by Kim Longimotto, exploring Japanese contemporary women and featuring Frank Chickens and Kazuko’s mother. Initially broadcast on Channel 4, it went on to be presented at a number of international film festivals and continues to be presented to this day. In 1989 Kazuko presented her own TV series Kazuko’s Karaoke Klub for Channel 4. Kazuko founded the Japanese American Toy Theatre of London and created short films for Channel 4, including James Bonk in Mat Black Finger. She also created a short film My Husband is a Spaceman, directed by Rachel Davies, for Per4mance: a 3-minute series of Performance Art for Channel 4. Most recently Kazuko collaborated with Directors Robert Makin and Ollie Verschoyle on the creation of Frank Chickens, the Movie, a short film portrait of the ever-evolving Frank Chickens. Kazuko has also featured in a number of documentaries and features broadcast in Japan, exploring her performance life in London. She has a close relationship with the film production company B3 Media and is currently seeking for the way of collaboration.
Literature and Writing
Kazuko has published 4 books in Japan on her life in London: London no Yukasita (London Underfloor World), published in 1994, London Kaikai (London Joy Joy) in 1996, Deep London in 1998 and Igirisu Jin Wa Tsurai Yo in February 2000. Kazukos writings and drawings are also included in the contemporary writers anthology Velocity.