Special Screenings | Contemporary Japanese Animation

In this program, I have mainly selected Japanese independent works from the past five years which were made by artists who continually create new films. Many directors are in their thirties and twenties, and this generation leads the Japanese independent scene today. Their works feature naive, delicate and highly abstract works.

Programme curator: Koji Yamamura, independent animator, illustrator, curator, professor at Tokyo University of the Arts

16+ | Running time 70 min.

  • Creative Evolution
    Song Yungsung

    Japan | 05:00 | 2019

    The film is based on Bergson’s book ‘Creative Evolution’ and the modern art history related to the birth of Delaunay’s abstract art works. The creative worlds of Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Delaunay and many artists to be connected each other. And the new story of evolution of life begins. Where do I come From? What am I? Where am I going? Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Life keeps traveling across the universe.

  • Autumn from Antonio Vivaldi "The Four Seasons"
    Atsushi Wada

    Japan | 11:10 | 2017

    Dear Mr. Vivaldi, First, I apologize for setting your music to animation without your permission. Furthermore, I know it was presumptuous of me to make my own interpretations of your work and introduce otters and various other animals that you almost certainly didn't have in mind. But, I really felt a strong desire to use animals in visualizing your work, which portrays human activities set in the autumn. I wanted to depict "autumn" that includes it all - humans and animals, hunters and the hunted, dreams and reality. I appreciate your understanding. Sincerely, Atsushi Wada

    Sawako Kabuki

    Japan | 01:14 | 2018

    I synchronized the sound of baby’s irritated crying with depictions of frustration I have experienced during my life. Everyone was born crying and grew up crying. I became an adult, but I yearn to be a baby again.

  • Parade de Satie
    Koji Yamamura

    Japan | 13:00 | 2016

    A parade for three managers and four performers, mixing quotes taken from French composer Erik Satie's essays on the music he composed for the 1916 ballet "Parade". The famous realist ballet is brought back to life.

    Hirotoshi Iwasaki

    Japan | 04:55 | 2014

    DARK MIXER makes the rotoscoping function as "Motion dépaysement" that means to move a motion from a footage, combine, juxtapose, and transform into a new motion. The generated motion are not clear in meaning, but attempt to create new continuity.

  • Veil
    Yoriko Mizusiri

    Japan | 05:25 | 2014

    Kyogen Stage/Eye Examination Room/Sushi Bar Counter, there are two people who face each other in each space. Each pair keeps a few distance between their partners and find some fearful, tender, and comfortable feelings that fascinate them. The feelings are put into practice immediately, and they start groping each feelings.

  • The Datum Point
    Ryo Orikasa

    Japan | 06:41 | 2015

    Yoshiro Ishihara (1915–1977), who burst upon the scene of Japanese modern poetry in the mid-1950s, is now remembered as a "poet of silence". He said "A poem is an impulse to resist writing". This is an attempt to seek out the landscape from his poem.

  • Small People with Hats
    Sarina Nihei

    Japan | 06:51 | 2015

    There are small people wearing hats in the society.

  • The Dawn of Ape
    Mirai Mizue

    Japan | 04:00 | 2019

    Here is the world’s first animation made to be watched by chimpanzees. Just for this once, we will show it to you humans.


  • See ya Mr. Banno!
    Yoko Yuki

    Japan | 04:23 | 2014

    One day out of blue Prof. Banno of next class came to school with his hair shaven. Students made fun of his baldhead. Prof. Banno flew in a hot-air balloon the other day. Nobody knows anything about him afterwards.

  • Self-Honest_Me
    Kazuki Sekiguchi

    Japan | 04:56 | 2017

    One day the protagonist watches a movie with friends. She finds the film to be boring and reveals her discontent, but somehow nobody agrees with her.

  • On the way home
    Mizuki Kiyama

    Japan | 02:17 | 2018

    The borderland between sleeping and waking is the moment when the daughter melds into her father.

  • House Rattler
    Shinobu Soejima

    Japan | 06:27 | 2019

    The house rattling spirit has lived in this old house for generations. But the elderly woman who lives there as the final resident can no longer hear the noises it makes, which leaves the house rattler filled with a sense of longing