”Koji’s World of Animation”
Documentary on the Japanese animation director Koji Yamamura, Oscar nominee and grand-prize winner in 6 major festivals.
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Director : Nicolás Guarín
Animation Director : Koji Yamamura
Producer, DP : Tsuyoshi Ishihara
Although famous in the international animation scene, Koji Yamamura is not popular in his native Japan. During his 20’s, Koji quit his job as a background artist, rejecting a mainstream career in Japan’s “anime” industry. Instead he founded his own company, Yamamura Animation, which went on to produce award-winning animated films for over 30 years. Now 52-years old, Yamamura remains active after having produced over 20 films. The film will document the making of his new project and introduce audiences to the life, work and mind of this great Japanese animator.
52 / 90min
Shoot in 4K and release in FullHD
Art & Culture
Place of filming
Japan(Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima) / France(Annecy)
This documentary will do an intimate biographical portrait of Koji, show the complete making-of process of his first feature film, and follow his daily life in Japan and in the trips he makes to film festivals around the world. On the biographical side, the documentary will tell the story of Koji’s life – from his childhood until today – with a combination of autobiographical animated scenes and archival footage. In this narrative strand, we will see how Koji makes, almost only by himself, a new wonderful piece of animation all inside his studio. Other animators, critics, and historians will take part in the documentary during interviews and scenes. In this narrative strand, we will see in direct cinema style scenes, how Koji makes, almost only by himself, a new wonderful piece of animation all inside his studio: from the drawings in pencil, to coloring using ink and brushes, to the scanning, and the editing. Other animators, critics, and historians will take part in the documentary during interviews and scenes in direct cinema style. They will interact with Koji and answer some questions like: What they think about the Koji’s work? What are their views on the contemporary animation scene? What they think about the animation being made in Japan? And, why it is important to have “authors” like Koji in the animation world? This documentary expands the limits of what we know as animation.
For further information, please contact at Tsuyoshi Ishihara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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52分 及び 90分