It is confirmed that the official site for Kon Satoshi's last anime film Yume-Miru Kikai (Dreaming Machine) has been disappeared since the end of last year. After his death on August 24, 2010, the anime studio Madhouse tried to finish the film, but it had been halted due to lack of finances. Hit the jump for more story.
A second "Kon's Tone" collection of essays by late, celebrated anime director Satoshi Kon will be released as an ebook on August 26th. The Japanese language volume will feature the sketches, writing on storytelling, creative advice, thoughts on music and the every day development of his unfinished Dream Machine, as well as his messages "The Last Three Months" and "Goodbye." More after the jump.
In its July 6th issue, American media magazine Entertainment Weekly published their list of "the best yet least-seen films from the past two decades," listed alphabetically "because ranking movies that are already underrated just seemed cruel." Satoshi Kon's 1997 breakout anime feature Perfect Blue made the list, as did a few other noteworthy Japanese inspired features. Catch the details after the jump.
Satoshi Kon's final request to his backers at studio Madhouse before passing was reportedly for them to see his final film, The Dreaming Machine, through to the end. With directing duties passed to Yoshimi Itazu, that seemed to be the case, but the film was shut down in August 2011 due to lack of finances, and today the official website disappeared. More after the jump.
On August 24, 2010, the world lost Satoshi Kon, the great anime director whose works Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika explored how we process the world and maturely spoke to a wide range of audiences. A new video tours the "Millennium Gift" tribute exhibit, displayed at the Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery August 12-24, 2011. View it after the jump.
On August 24, 2010, the world lost Satoshi Kon, the great anime director whose works Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika explored how we process the world and maturely spoke to a wide range of audiences. Tribute exhibits were recently held at "Japan Expo Sud" (February 2011 - Marseille, France) and "Japan Expo 12th Impact" (June 30 to July 3 2011 - Paris, France) and the last two weeks at Gankagarou Shinjuku (Tokyo). Check out a look after the jump.
Masao Maruyama, founder of animation studio Madhouse, appeared at Otakon 2011 this morning with word on his independent studio, Mappa, Satoshi Kon's Dreaming Machine, and more. Hit the jump for the scoop!
Taking questions at during a premiere of anime feature Mai Mai Miracle at AM2 convention, Masao Maruyama and director Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon) commented on how Madhouse plans to handle Satoshi Kon's incomplete final work, Yume Miru Kikai (Dreaming Machine). More after the jump.