|The Tender March > Wataru Uekusa > Japan
The second part of our look at the current Japanese animation scene.
The arrival of legendary Japanese animator Koji Yamamura ('Mt Head',
'Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor', 'Muybridge’s Strings'
to name but a few) dramatically and quickly re-energised the Tokyo
University of the Arts animation course into a creative powerhouse
of the Japanese animation scene and the world is beginning to sit
up and take notice of its graduates. This collection looks at some
of their more recent graduate works and shows what a unique wellspring
of animation has been untapped there.
Al Dente Tango
Japan, 4:06, 2011
Welcome. Do you have a booking? Yes? Good. Here is your table. Welcome to restaurant of the macabre.
Japan, 3:58, 2011
A poignant departure from the charcoal spelndour of the real worl to a more colourful, but less predictable world beneath the surface.
Japan, 4:08, 2011
Spots may be in the eye of the beholder but that beholder needs a pretty vivid imagination to see them all.
From The Dolphin
Japan, 2:01, 2011
A dolphin's-eye view of a hypnotic journey to a surprisingly surprising end vision.
Japan, 2:24, 2011
Life can be a frenetic journey for a fragile little cut-out trying to make their way through the crazy rigours of the urban jungle.
Specimens Of Obsessions
Japan, 12:06, 2011
The centipede of punishment, ephemera of obsessions, the leech of closure, a snail of escape, and of course the cockroach of usual life.
Japan, 5:26, 2011
From fire, smoke and scorched earth, a bird arrives to find that life has changed forever.
The Tender March
Japan, 4:45, 2011
A visual rollercoaster right out of a Japanese pop culture enfused graphic novel - but with lots more screens.
The Life Of Weed
Japan, 2:52, 2011
A pastiche of 'faunettic' hyperactivity as we trace the path of one big weed on the move.
Japan, 3:31, 2011
A bold and colourful visual essays in what fish can teach us about dealing with the peak hour traffic.
Fully Cooked For You
Japan, 3:38, 2011
Behind every peeled owl is…. another peeled owl. Underneath every puffed mushroom is a stem waiting to escape.
Island Of Man
Japan, 6:31, 2011
A quiet carpet of zen imagery and narrative. On an island that could be anywhere, a pair of boots lay cast away.
Japan, 9:51, 2011
Uncertainty equals danger. And uncertain danger requires a response. But an uncertain response comes with uncertain consequences.
Japan, 10:49, 2011
Somebody has gone fishing for ideas and they've thrown the net real wide. Step forward and help pull this rich bounty into the boat.