Program

Event Screening

Masaaki Yuasa and the Motion of Animation: Short Film Showcase

Japan

Introduction

Vampirians – Just Kidding

1999

Koh, a 4th-grade boy, got lost in the fog and found himself in a mysterious European house. There lived a girl called Sue and her father, who treated Ko to a sumptuous meal, but they were vampires. Then a man claiming to be a vampire hunter enters the house and…

Happy machine

2007

— They are all machines – my home, my mom …
A toddler gets thrown into the savage plain. As he travels though his peculiar journey by four-wheeled motorcycle, the toddler meets weird things like a little flame guy, small plants, a strange, flying creature and massive natural phenomena. What is it that he finds at the end of the journey, after many years of traveling?

Kick-Heart

2012

This is about a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo’s secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?

ADVENTURE TIME -FOOD CHAIN-

2014

Adventure Time is an original Cartoon Network animated series. The main characters are a young boy, Finn, and his partner, Jake, a dog. The special episode “”Food Chain”” was directed, written, and storyboarded by Masaaki Yuasa and follows Finn and Jake through their “”Food Chain”” experience.

Food Chain

Finn and Jake visit the Natural History Museum, where they see the food chain exhibits and are briefed by Princess Bubblegum. However, Finn had no idea how wonderful the law of nature was. The Magic Man, who was watching them unnoticed, casts a spell on Finn. The next thing he knows, Finn has turned into a little bird. The little bird, Finn, eventually transforms into a big bird, then bacteria, plants, caterpillars, and…

Director

Masaaki Yuasa

"Animation director, born in 1965 in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Made feature-length directorial debut in 2004 with the film Mind Game. Winner of the Grand Prize in the Animation Division at the 8th The Japan Media Arts Festival and the Ōfuji Noburō Award at the 59th Mainichi Film Awards. His film Lu Over the Wall won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival's top prize, the Crystal Award. His film Ride Your Wave won the Golden Goblet Award for Best Animation Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Other notable works include Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Ping Pong the Animation"", ""The Night is Short, Girls, Walk"", ""DEVILMAN crybaby"" and ""The Tatami Garaxy"". His latest theatre directed film, INU-OH, was also nominated at the world's most prestigious film festivals."

with Talk

Guest:Masaaki YUASA(Director)