This is Cosplay S01E02
The Subtle Art of Becoming Someone Else
Featuring Cosplayer Kin Chan
Masks. Armour. Weapons. These are the tools of Kin Chan, co-founder of Wanpans Armoury. For him cosplay is immersive. It's not about dressing up like a character, it’s about becoming a character. The performance. Being someone other than yourself. In Episode 2 of "This is Cosplay", we explore the world of the Wanpans.
Cosplay is different things to different people. Art. Expression. Therapy. It’s a way to combat misogyny in nerd culture, a way to combat loneliness, and for some, a way to pay the bills. Cosplay – “costume play” – has gone from a niche hobby popularized in Japan to a new kind of pop art that influences fashion designers, draws millions on social media, and packs hundreds of thousands into conventions across the planet.
‘This is Cosplay’ will explore the characters, events, and issues that frame the world of cosplay, while celebrating those who represent the passions of an entire community.
Directed by Kyle Bodanis
Produced by George Lagos
Cinematography by Jon Neal, Andrew Lanca and Bojan Nedic