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The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto (1968-1979)
The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto
Actor: Animated
Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Animation
UR     2008     1hr 40min

Kimstim and Kino are proud to present this collection of short films from one of the world s greatest stop-motion animators: Kihachiro Kawamoto. Famous for his beautiful, expressive puppets, Kawamoto began his career in th...  more »


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Actor: Animated
Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Animation
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Silent Films, Animation
Studio: Kino Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/22/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Elegant, mysterious stop animation
wiredweird | Earth, or somewhere nearby | 10/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These seven short features present an enchanting range of techniques, visual styles, and stories. All of them feature some amount of stop animation. Kawamoto creates an unusual combination, however, by placing his 3D puppets against 2D backgrounds. This gives the feel of a stage play, with live actors amid flat, painted scenery elements. Kawamoto reinforces that sense of theater in the puppets he creates. Some have faces like Noh masks, others resemble elaborate Kabuki makeup. And, many times, the puppets move in stylized ways that draw on Japan's rich tradition of theater.

The two last features, "Dojoji Temple" and "House of Flame" also have the feel of traditional storytelling. I don't know whether they actually retell familiar stories, or create new ones in the old style. No matter, the dragons, temple bells, and ghosts all draw on tales likely to be as familiar to Japanese viewers as they are unfamiliar to Westerners. Other stories, including "Anthropo-cynical Farce," "The Trip," and "The Poet's Life" present decidedly modern themes and stories, enriched by the Kawamoto's traditional elements. That combining of new and old comes to life in "The Trip's" Escher-like landscapes, and in the Poet's haunted sweater in a setting of Atomic-age tragedy.

These gorgeous short animations might baffle a Western eye - I know I had to just let go and follow along with some of the cultural references. These will please, too, as much for their unique stories and storytelling as for the loving craftsmanship shown in every detail. Kids might not have the patience for it, but I recommend this to every grown-up who enjoys animation.

-- wireweird"