Wednesday 4th February 2015
I went to see a Japan Foundation touring event: It Only Happens in the Movies?: Short Peace at ICA gallery.
“Short Peace” is an anthology of 4 animated short films directed by different directors including renowned cartoonist and animator Katsuhiro Otomo. The theme of all four films is “Japan” and you will see Japan’s iconic landmark of Mt. Fuji in all of them.
Possessions (九十九) Director: Shuhei Morita
A traveller meets the spirits of abundant broken objects used by people.
Combustible (火要鎮) Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
A short love story of a fire fighter and a girl from a wealthy family. You will also see some historical elements of how the fire was put down in the ancient Japan.
Gambo Director: Hiroaki Ando
A giant white bear protects a girl from small village where all other girls are kidnapped by a red devil. Some very violent scenes.
A Farewell to Weapons (武器よさらば) Director: Hajime Katoki
A saga of men battling against almost-indestructible robots in apocalyptic Tokyo. A fast paced action packed film, which holds the tension until the very end.
It screening was followed by an interesting facts of Katsuhiro Otomo’s work and views of Japanese animations by Helen McCarthy.
Went to listen to Seiichi Hayashi’s talk at Japan Foundation on 1st July 2014.
Seiichi Hayashi is an animator + illustrator + comic artist. His most widely known work is the package illustration for Japanese sweet koume chan.
Seiichi answered each question thoroughly, describing how he started working in animation/manga/illustration, the historical background at that time, and how animation moved from cinema to TV.
It was interesting to hear how much animator’s work loads changed. While 1 hour theatrical animation would take 1 year to make, for TV, they had to complete 30 mins episode in 1 month.
Seiichi has always been trying out the new style of work and I think he will continue to do so.
Quote from Seiichi’s talk…
“When I’m drawing one panel, I have no idea what will go on the next panel. The next panel is always blank.”