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International Programme 4: Recent Japanese Shorts (15)

October 27, 2012
7:00 pm

The best of recently released short animated films from Japan – this year’s LIAF country of focus. A programme that opens the window on what’s going on in the young Japanese animation scene.

Japan FoundationSpecial thanks to the Japan Foundation and Carte Blanche

 

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‘Many Go Round’ (Yoshihisa Nakanishi, 2011)

Many Go Round, Yoshihisa Nakanishi, LAIF, London International Animation Festival 2012A certified can’t-believe-my-eyes piece of animation made of ingeniously cut paper silhouettes formed into a kind of phenakistoscope.

www.members3.jcom

Japan, 6’00

‘The People Who Never Stop’ (Florian Piento, 2012)

The People Who Never Stop, Florian Piento, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012The story of a crowd who never stop, for better or worst.

www.florianpiento.com

Japan/France, 3’30

‘And And’ (Mirai Mizuie, 2011)

And And, Mirai Mizuie, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012Stunning, rhythmic, abstracted animated images pour across the screen in this music clip made for Toru Matsumoto (Psysalia Psysalis Psyche)

Japan, 6’50

‘The Great Rabbit’ (Atsushi Wada, 2012)

The Great Rabbit, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A young boy worships his beloved rabbit.

www.kankaku.jp

Japan, 7’10

‘Pieces of 3.11′ (Kotobuki Shiriagari, 2011)

Pieces of 3.11, Kotobuki Shiriagari, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012On 11 March 2011, a tsunami struck Japan and spread fear along the coast, but also in the rest of the country and the whole world. The devastation and anxiety found its way to the media and appeared on television, sharply contrasting with entertainment programmes with canned laughter and applause.

www.saruhage.com

Japan, 2’17

‘Columbos’ (Kawai Okamura, 2012)

Columbus, Kawai Okamura, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A homicide scene with the corpse of an actress dressed in red, a man with a gunshot wound, and an internationally well-known detective. Is this the climax scene from some drama?  Or is it a murder that took place during the shooting of a film?

www.c-a-r-t-e-blanche.com

Japan, 9’15

‘Dreams’ (Keiichi Tanaami, 2011)

Dreams, Keiichi Tanaami, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012The final collaboration between legendary pop artist Keiichi Tanaami and the late, great Nobuhiro Aihara. Eye-popping, warped imagery to feed your head until it explodes!

www.c-a-r-t-e-blanche.com

Japan, 6’00

‘The Mechanism of Spring / Haru no Shikumi’ (Atsushi Wada, 2010)

The Mechanism of Spring / Haru no Shikumi, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012Oh my, how things happen in Spring! Buds are bursting and your body is filled with energy.

www.kankaku.jp

Japan, 4’20

‘663114’ (Isamu Hirabayashi, 2011)

663114, Isamu Hirabayashi, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012I am a 66-year-old cicada. There was a big earthquake. There was a big tsunami. There also was a big accident.

www.hirabayashiisamu.com

Japan, 7’00

‘Specimens Of Obsessions / Hyouhon No Tou’ (Atsushi Makino, 2011)

Specimens Of Obsessions, Hyouhon No Tou, Atsushi Makino, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012The centipede of punishment, an ephemera of obsessions, the leech of closure, a snail of escape, and of course the cockroach of usual life.

Japan, 12’08

‘Yonalure: Moment To Moment’ (Ayaka Nakata & Yuki Sakitani, 2011)

Yonalure: Moment To Moment, Ayaka Nakata, Yuki Sakitani, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012Pure animation magic! A tour of arcs and soaring glides that ever ebb and rise through a village as it attempts to separate from the moon.

www.ayakanakata.net

Japan, 7’53