JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL

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Screening Program

Portrait of Japanese Animation


This program introduces 9 animations, music video and other video works which reflect the everyday in contemporary Japan through very Japanese perceptions and depictions of emotions. (2015 updated version)


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Remember me

HASHIJI Misuzu / Remember me production team (SAKAI Yosuke, Representative) (Japan)

Entertainment Division 2014 Jury Selections 5 min. 13 sec.
Video work

This is a music video for the song Remember me by Quruli, produced by HASHIJI Misuzu and CHIMASKI. It animates the life of a girl through a series of pictures drawn by pencil on a white piece of paper, which are then erased, with new pictures drawn over the top while traces of the previous ones are still visible. The story uses the familiar material of eraser shavings and unfolds in accord with the world of the music.


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rain town

ISHIDA Hiroyasu (Japan)

Animation Division 2011 New Face Award 9 min. 55 sec.
Animated short film

Some time ago, the rain began to fall incessantly, and the citizens left rain town, headed for the suburbs and higher ground. A young girl strays deep into "rain town," which has been completely abandoned and fallen into ruins. There she meets a lonely robot, who remembers the town as it used to be. This is a work that uses only tranquil music and the sound of falling rain to gently depict scenes of a rather dark, yet beautiful world that makes one feel a certain sense of loneliness and nostalgia.


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I am alone, walking on the straight road.

OKAMOTO Masanori (Japan)

Animation Division 2012 Jury Selections 5 min. 53 sec.
Animated short film

Inspired by TANEDA Santoka (1882-1940), one of Japan’s most prominent free-verse haiku poets, this animated work turns the emotion of “loneliness” into a symbol. Surrounded by mountain greenery in the midst of a solitary journey, the protagonist, redfaced and sl ightly tipsy, is portrayed in meticulous detail using a cutout technique.


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kiokuzenkei

YOKOTA Masash (Japan)

Art Division 2008 Jury Selections 5 min. 27 sec.
Video work

Single frames from videos of family and scenes are taken out as still photos, cut, processed, arranged in the desired chronological order and shot in stop motion to express forms captured as 2D images as if they were moving in 3D space.


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Xylophone

HARANO Morihiro / NISHIDA Jun / HISHIKAWA Seiichi / MATSUO Kenjiro / TSUDA Mitsuo / OISO Toshifumi (Japan)

Entertainment Division 2011 Jury Selections 2 min. 2 sec.
Video work

A commercial for cell phones that use lumber thinned from a woodlot as backing. The woodlot artisans used the same lumber to construct a 44-meter xylophone down a slope through the woods, and a wooden ball set to run along it plays Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, from Bach’s Cantata 147. The product’s ecological concept is delivered along with a beautiful setting and music.


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1347smiles

ARAI Fuyu (Japan)

Entertainment Division 2013 Jury Selections 3 min. 17 sec.
Video work

This is an online video advertisement for "Hokkori Tsushin" (Cozy Communication), a Facebook page run by Mitsui Fudosan featuring examples of cozy moments from everyday life. 300 young male and female users participated in the video. The stop motion footage pieced together 1,347 smiling faces, infused with Mitsui Fudosan's urban development vision that engages with all kinds of people.


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ab-rah

YOSHINO Kohei (networks) (Japan)

Entertainment Division 2010 Jury Selections 3 min. 13 sec.
Video work

An animation created using a toy that draws pictures with magnets, the kind of thing most of us have tried in childhood. The "rule" of this toy is that pictures are deleted immediately after being drawn. The sense of speed created by repeatedly drawing and erasing images and the sense of exhilaration that comes from the experience of this rudimentary form of digital paint are expressed at a rhythmic pace.


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ISSEY MIYAKE A-POC INSIDE.

MASAHIKO SATO + EUPHRATES (Japan)

Art Division 2007 Excellence Award 2 min. 50sec.
Video work

The promotion film of a new brand, A-POC INSIDE. by ISSEY MIYAKE. Employing the expertise of cognitive science, the group achieved the expression of animated movement of fashion models through a composition using only white points and letters on a black background.


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The House of Small Cubes

KATO Kunio (Japan)

Animation Division 2008 Grand Prize 12 min. 4 sec.
Animated short film

An old man lives in a room that resembles a pile of stacked up wooden blocks surrounded by water. He drops his pipe in the submerged lower floor. When he dives to pick it up, he encounters memories of his family carved in each room. The precious memories of the people he used to know, including his absent wife and daughter, are depicted with a gentle touch, making this a fine and moving piece of work. The theme of global warming is also hidden just below the surface.