Watershed is delighted to present this unique season of films and talks celebrating the work of Japanese stop motion animator Kihachiro Kawamoto, one of the most influential figures in his field.
Programmed by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp (co-founder of the specialist Japanese film website midnighteye.com), the season includes the UK premiere of Kawamoto’s latest feature The Book of the Dead (2005) and offers a rare chance to discover his unique body of work.
Following the screenings at Watershed (Sat 15 – Fri 21 March), the season will go on a national tour, visiting venues in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sheffield, London and Bradford between March and May 2008. Details of the venues taking part and the programmes being screened can be found here.
Mark Cosgrove, Head of Programming, Watershed, said:
"This major focus on one of Japan’s leading puppet animators provides a perfect opportunity to platform and reflect on the great tradition of British stop frame puppet animation from the now world famous Aardman Studios to the dark world of bolexbrothers and the operatic work of Barry Purves. It is a timely focus given that British puppet animation has just been given another shot in the arm with Suzie templeton’s recent oscar success for Peter and the Wolf."