Big issues in film short 'World of Tomorrow'

Film | Wide Angle May 11, 2016

Big issues in film short 'World of Tomorrow'

by James Hadfield

Given the limited options for theatrical release, short films are generally condemned to the purgatory of YouTube, which makes the case of "World of Tomorrow" especially striking. Since premiering at last year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, ...

Isao Takahata's stark world of reality

Film Sep 12, 2015

Isao Takahata's stark world of reality

by Masami Ito

Having survived a devastating U.S. air raid on his hometown in World War II, film director Isao Takahata has firsthand experience of the horrors of war. It's perhaps not surprising, therefore, that he staunchly opposes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to push controversial security ...

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

Music Apr 24, 2015

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

by Mike Sunda

Whether it's younger stars like Sam Smith and Charli XCX whose pasts have seen collaborations with producers such as Disclosure, Alex Metric and Starkey, or established names like Bjork delving into the underground to work with Arca and The Haxan Cloak, the trajectories of ...

Hideaki Anno: emotional deconstructionist

Film Oct 18, 2014

Hideaki Anno: emotional deconstructionist

by Mark Schilling

With dozens of the renowned filmmaker's works scheduled to be screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival over the next two weeks, we speak to the man behind the 'Evangelion' sci-fi franchise about his apocalyptic influences and prod him on the question that is ...

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

National Aug 29, 2014

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has picked anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. The only other Japanese to receive the award was Akira Kurosawa, in ...

National Feb 2, 2014

Miyazaki wins Annie Award for 'Kaze Tachinu' screenplay

Director Hayao Miyazaki on Saturday won the Annie Award for writing in an animated feature production for the screenplay to "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Rises"), the organizer of the event, dubbed "the Academy Award for animation," said. His film was also nominated for best animated ...

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

National Sep 27, 2013

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

The venerable TV cartoon "Sazae-san," still drawn frame by frame in the technique known as cel-based animation, will switch to full digital production next month. The show is the only cel-based anime still broadcast in Japan, according to the Association of Japanese Animations. Until digital production ...

<em>Hentai</em> animation night at YCAM

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Jul 25, 2013

Hentai animation night at YCAM

by Tomoko Otake

The word "hentai" has two meanings in Japanese, referring both to "metamorphosis" and "abnormality/perversion." On Saturday, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media will screen a series of 13 hentai films — covering the wackiest, weirdest animated shorts in which the characters also undergo various ...

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

National Jul 18, 2013

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

by Tomomi Sunaga

Award-winning animated film director Hayao Miyazaki will release his first movie in five years Saturday — a work based on the lives of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of Japan's legendary Zero fighter plane, and mid-20th-century writer Tatsuo Hori. Horikoshi was one of the "most brilliant" Japanese ...

NTV unearths oldest TV anime film

National Jun 19, 2013

NTV unearths oldest TV anime film

A 1958 film believed to be Japan's oldest TV animation work has been found at a Nippon Television Network Corp. studio. The color cartoon, titled "Mogura no Abanchuru" ("Mole's Adventure"), runs eight minutes and 53 seconds. It was discovered during production of a feature program ...