A program of short animations that were at least partially produced in Japan. Therefore, the filmmakers include those who do not live in Japan or have a Japanese nationality. We, of course, hope that you experience high-quality Japanese short animations. But we also propose another way to enjoy this film festival at an airport, a hub of international exchange. Through the diversity of Japanese short animations, watch how the silhouette of “Japan” wavers and changes shape like the clouds. (TANAKA Daisuke)
Wanna be Reborn as a Mole on the Back of the Unicorn’s Neck
The dissolve live’s eve, three strangers are being locked in the elevator of a hotel. During waiting for the help, they tried to talk something about unicorn to loosen up. But at that moment their phone noticed.
This film is a documentary produced as part of an art project set in an elementary school in Sapporo from November 2022 to February 2023. The collection of one-frame traces selected by the children themselves from the footage recording their daily school life overlaps with the observational viewpoint of the artist who entered the elementary school.
“If the fish in the stream are freer than the fish in the tank, then the fish in the river are freer than the fish in the stream. If the fish in the river are freer than the fish in the stream, then the fish in the sea are freer than the fish in the river. But if the fish in the sea are freer than the fish in the river, where is the freest fish of all?” This work is an animation created using materials such as slime and plastic paper, produced through stop-motion animation. It tells the story of the protagonist escaping from a pool and running away to the sea.
Carrots Don’t Wait
That stray dog that the girl loved so much wanted an apple for a long time. Meanwhile, the carrots try to turn everything into a seedbed. The girl opens the box and leaves with the dog because they know that decay is inevitable.
To the Moon and Back
Since I was born, the moon has circled the Earth 9,125 times. We all grew older with each orbit, but the moon never seems to age. A story about my grandma, her death, and my childhood.
Esashi Oiwake (Hokkaido Folk Song)
This is an animation that visualizes the Hokkaido folk song “Esashi Oiwake.” This folk song does not have a concept of rhythm and relies on various kobushi (fluctuations in the pitch of the voice) called “noshi” and “momi,” among others, to sing with extended breaths. Although there are unique scores for learning, they do not accurately represent volume, pitch, and duration like Western sheet music. In this animation, we aimed to faithfully visualize the kobushi of the singer, creating a video that allows viewers to sing along while watching. Additionally, we represented the frequency of the shakuhachi, which accompanies the song, with waves, and depicted the lyrics that sing about the lonely sentiment of sailing across the Sea of Japan towards Esashi.
Eyes are magical spheres that make up dreams and retain memories. In our eyes, the visions of the within and of the beyond overlap. New worlds come to be when our gazes meet.
The expression of emotional desire called love. Everyone is an individual whose spirit and soul cannot be bound. The emotion between people leads to good and bad results, happiness or misery. In the river of natural life, it is the stream injected halfway and the water vapor evaporated halfway. Two very strong individuals, whether they are right or not, whether they need to be morally criticized, whether they need to be examined by us, in the end, death, rebirth, corruption are all part of the river.
In the 19th century, a rice merchant encounters a mother who tries to buy rice in exchange for her own child’s clothes. The merchant becomes Monk Seishin and relieves the islanders of Miyajima from poverty by digging wells and starting the wooden ladle industry.
Stories have been told of a legendary craftsman during the Edo-era, by the name of Jingoro Hidari. Today, sculptures accredited to Jingoro can be found throughout Japan, but his very existence is yet to be confirmed. Having lost his foster parent and right arm to the betrayal of his senior apprentices, Jingoro is on a journey of revenge with a mechanical prosthetic arm and his sidekick, “Sleeping Cat.” People soon came to call him Jingoro “Hidari” because of his ability to artfully use his carpentry tools with only his left arm (“hidari” means “left” in Japanese). Finally, Jingoro faces one of his adversaries ”Inumaru” and the curtains rise on a fight to the death.
KAWAMURA Masashi, OGAWA Iku
- 2023/11/03 15:10
NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT THEATER
- 2023/11/05 10:00
NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT THEATER