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Grand Prize

The Winter Days

KAWAMOTO Kihachiro, etc.

Animated feature film [Japan]

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KAWAMOTO Kihachiro


Born in 1925. Employed by Toho Screen Co. as art assistant in 1946. Became freelance puppet artist and formed a production group with IIZAWA Tadashi, HIJIKATA Shigemi, SUMIDA Yujiro, in 1950. Studied under MOCHINAGA Tadahito upon the latter's return from China in 1953. Studied in former Czechoslovakia at TRUNKA Studio in 1963. Produced first Independent Animation BREAKING OF BRNCHES IS FORBIDDEN followed by numerous other masterpieces in 1968. Awarded Purple Ribbon Medal in 1988 and the Fourth Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in 1995.

( 2003 )

Award Reason

There have been many attempts to create full-length animation by combining short animation, a relatively free and personal expression unit. On the other hand, this work successfully constructed a piece of full-length animation, which inevitably entailed a clear distinction from those of past attempts by adopting uniquely Japanese "renku" (a linked series of Japanese poems composed by two or more people) as a cohesive rule that links works tending to become disintegrated due to different styles and methods. This work was the most remarkable feat of this year in that it broke new ground for the new potential of short animation that tends to be restricted in number of expression forms due to its short length, and in that it contributed to the development of Japanese culture via expression medium of animation. In particular, we wish that those who do not usually see short animation would get to see this gorgeous contest of top artists.

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