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Excellence Award



Animated short film [Japan]

A short animation based on a novel A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka, a well-known author with absurd novels. Devoting over ten thousand pictures to depict the fate of a country doctor who, though most surely missing something, but still carrying on living, the artist brilliantly visualized in a world of the doctor's isolation and anxiety.

© Yamamura Animation / SHOCHIKU




Born in Nagoya, 1964. His work is well known, both in Japan and abroad. In 2003, he won the Annecy Crystal for his work Atama Yama (2002), which is the highest honor bestowed by the Annecy International Animated Film Festival; he was the first Japanese person to win the prize. He was also the first Japanese person to be nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 75th Academy Awards.

( 2007 )

Award Reason

YAMAMURA Koji takes his solitary journey far outside the pack of other short animation films. Everyone would accept this fact after seeing his work. The denseness of the image produced by the animation which uses more than 10,000 individual pictures for 20 minutes of film is overwhelming when you take any one cut. “Bibiri,” fluttering, and “yugami,” skewness, embodying the mentality of the characters is a presentation achieved only by hand-drawn animation which the artist realized as a result of his continued trials. The very reason why he chose a Kafka story to base his new piece of work on is perhaps to visualize psychology and imagery which only animation can realize, rather than just telling a story. This may be what the artist wishes to present. YAMAMURA of the world, who never stops his walk, keeps challenging the possibilities of new presentations of animation.

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