The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto (2008) Japan
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Director:Kihachiro Kawamoto
Rating:5.0 (1 votes)
Date Added:2010-02-22
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Features:Black and White
Kihachiro Kawamoto  ...  (Director)
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Tags: Buddhism Drama Asia

Summary: The short films of Kihachiro Kawamoto represent a fusion of Eastern European stop-motion animation and traditional Japanese Bunraku puppetry. Kawamoto studied under the great Czech animator Jiri Trnka ("The Puppet Films of Jiri Trnka"), and his cut-out/puppet combination films--"An Anthropo-Cynical Farce," "The Trip," and "A Poet's Life"--share the dark visions of the old Soviet Bloc artists. "The Breaking of Branches is Forbidden," in which a drunken novice violates the orders of a severe old monk, echoes the farcical Kyogen comedies that break up programs of Noh plays. "Dojoji Temple" is a strikingly beautiful retelling of a popular Kabuki play: overcome by lust, a woman transforms into a demon-serpent to take revenge on the monk who rejects her. Kawamoto has said that "Dojoji" allowed him to experiment with the combination of two- and three-dimensional elements needed for "House of Flames," his masterpiece to date. Reminiscent of a Noh tragedy, the film recounts the story of three star-crossed lovers whose suffering transcends the phenomenal world. The title of the collection is not hyperbole: Kawamoto's films truly are exquisite. His most recent film, "The Book of the Dead" is also available on DVD. (Unrated: suitable for ages 12 and older: violence, alcohol use) "--Charles Solomon"