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LIAF 2015: International Competition Programme 5: New Japanese Shorts – Beyond Anime (15)

December 7, 2015
9:00 pm

The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,400 entries to put together a series of programmes that showcase the best 118 new films. Six ‘general’ International Competition Programmes, our ever popular Abstract Showcase and 
Long Shorts programmes, plus the British Showcase. The films come in from every corner, they use every technique, they can be funny, dramatic, eye-popping, subdued, documentary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop.

Independent Japanese animation has had a massive upturn in recent years and the world is beginning to sit up and take notice. This programme celebrates the best of these films, opening the window on the wildly imaginative world of new young Japanese animation.

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Play Like A Driver (Manabu Himeda, Japan)

Play Like A Driver, Manabu Himeda, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA surreal, psychedelic take on driving naked – and other stuff!

2’40, 2013

Mrs Kabogodzilla (Moe Koyano, Japan)

image-on-its-wayMrs Kabogodzilla has a daughter whose arms and legs are the spitting image of her own. After the mother is hospitalised, the daughter remembers the past and thinks about what lies ahead.

9’25, 2014

The Tale of the Plump Bird (Saki Iyori, Japan)

The Tale Of The Plump Bird, Saki Iyori, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA beautifully hand-crafted film surveying the shifting sands and malleable priorities of the relationship between a special bird and its unusual caretaker.

3’00, 2014

Maku (Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan)

Maku, Yoriko Mizushiri, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA breath, an innuendo, two pairs of knees that almost touch. Sensuous tension builds and builds and makes the air feel electrically charged.

5’25, 2014

1234 (Shiro Ichige, Japan)

1234, Shiro Ichige, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIn dreams anything can happen. In this dream anything and everything does. A blast of fun and colour.

5’35, 2014

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Way Back to the Sea (Kaori Iwase, Japan)

Way Back To The Sea, Kaori Iwase, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA big catfish is stuck on a riverbank, where he lives quietly with a little catfish in a boat packed with memories from back home.

9’25, 2014

Dark Mixer (Hirotoshi Iwasaki, Japan)

Dark Mixer, Hirotoshi Iwasaki, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA mix of animals and human parts in an obscure (dark) mixer.

4’55, 2014

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Waiter (Ryoji Yamada, Japan)

Waiter, Ryoji Yamada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalDown in the cafe amongst the armchairs, the mocking hard-boiled eggs and the flower-head car drivers, things are beginning to get a bit strange.

8’50, 2013

Genius Expo (Mirai Mizuie, Japan)

Genius Expo, Mirai Mizuie, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA merry musical kaleidoscope of colours and shapes dance and transform in this visual firecracker.

4’00, 2015

My Milk Cup Cow (Yantong Zhu, Japan)

My Milk Cup Cow, Yantong Zhu, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalNunu’s father tells his 4-year-old daughter that there’s a cow at the bottom of her milk cup. She drinks her milk, only to realise that there is no cow. Gradually the daughter stops believing her father.

11’00, 2014

See Ya Mr Banno! (Yoko Yuki, Japan)

See Ya Mr Banno!, Yoko Yuki, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalMr Banno surprises his students with his bald head and hot air balloon. Oh Mr Banno!

4’25, 2014

00:08 (Yutard Kubo, Japan)

00:08, Yutard Kubo, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAhhhhh coffee, there’s frenzy and mayhem in every cup.

5’20, 2014

Master Blaster (Sawako Kabuki, Japan)

Master Blaster, Sawako Kabuki, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA girl would like to be together forever with her sweetheart. Emotions start swirling. Yearning, possessiveness, jealousy, and guilt.

4’00, 2015