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TIFF Celebrates Osamu Tezuka’s 80th Birth Anniversary

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The 21st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held from October 18 to 26. Animecs TIFF section will present a retrospective of works by late Osamu Tezuka(手塚治虫, “Father of Japanese Manga and Anime”), to commemorate his 80th birth anniversary. TIFF affords a rare opportunity to view an unprecedented collection of his masterpieces on the silver screen.
Tezuka produced short and feature animations while pursuing his career as a manga artist. He successfully pioneered the first domestically-produced animated program on Japanese television in 1963. His creations including Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム), Black Jack (ブラック・ジャック), Princess Knight (リボンの騎士), and Phoenix (火の鳥) have entertained generations of youngsters over the years.
He firmly believed in the sanctity of life, had a genuine love for the Earth, and valued the symbiosis of human beings and nature. His ideals are in great harmony with TIFF’s ecological theme of this year.

TV Programs: “Marine Express” (1979) features practically all of his popular characters such as Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Princess Sapphire. It also warns about the danger of environmental destruction. This program will be shown with English subtitles. "Astoro Boy", "Princess Knight", and "New Jungle Emperor, Go Ahead Leo!” will come back to the big screen. The select episodes were directed by Tezuka himself.
Theatrical Films: Digitally remastered versions of "The Fantastic Adventure of Unico" (1981) and "Unico in the Island of Magic” (1983) will be screened with English subtitles. The baby unicorn has the power to grant wishes and happiness to anyone who befriends him.
Tezuka considered “Phoenix” as his life's work. The original manga focuses on man’s continuous quest for immortality, encompassing the span of ancient age to the far future.
"Phoenix –Dawn-" (1978) is a blending of live action and animation based on the first chapter of the series. He co-produced this film with Kon Ichikawa, a prominent director who died in February.
"Phoenix 2772" (Space Firebird) (1980) is set in the distant future where the Earth is dying from a lack of energy resources. The theme of the film is "co-existence of man and nature."
The crew of the two “Phoenix” adaptations will give some background on the films they made after the screenings.
Experimental Shorts: Tezuka explored new artistic ideas in “Tales of the Street Corner” (1962), his directorial debut. A new print will be screened specially for TIFF together with "Jumping" (1984), "Broken Down Film” (1985), and "Legend of the Forest: Part 1" (1987). His original experimental shorts highlight his foresight and determination to take on new challenges.

Animecs TIFF also will presents Hell Angels and The Universe of Kawamori Shoji. In Hell Angels, the master piece far beyond world standard is coming up! Three distinguished creators, Shinichi Hiromoto, Yasushi Nirasawa, and Kazuto Nakazawa come together. ©2008 HELLS ANGELS PARTNERS

In The Universe of Kawamori Shoji, "Spring and Chaos": In 1996 it was produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kenji Miyazawa’s birth. Kawamori took charge of the direction and the script. He expressed half of the life of Kenji with fantastical pictures. It became a great turning point for Kawamori in terms of both themes and imaging techniques. ©TV Iwate,Group TAC. ©2007 BIG WEST/MACROSS F project ・MBS ©2004 Shoji Kawamori・SATELIGHT/Project AQUARION

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