A comprehensive introduction to the work of the acclaimed anime artist, director of Tokyo Godfathers and the hit release Paprika
Critics agree that Japanese director Satoshi Kon is one of the world’s most innovative creators of animated films. Beginning as a manga artist, then moving into film, Kon worked with anime visionary Katsuhiro Otomo before creating the major works that are featured here: Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent, and Paprika.
Author Andrew Osmond provides us a comprehensive and satisfying guide to this journey. Richly analytical, Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist explores how these films got made, what they suggest, and how they work. Each film is presented with a full synopsis, points to note, and a key scene. A biographical chapter charts Kon’s early career, while at the back are references and a filmography and staff listing for each work.
Andrew Osmond is a British freelance journalist, specializing in film and animation, who has written about anime for fifteen years. His first books, BFI Film Classics: Spirited Away, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008—“Persuasively and fluidly written” (Time Out London), “the kind of poetic, insightful examination that Spirited Away deserves” (Ain’t It Cool News). Osmond writes for the magazines Sight and Sound, Empire, SFX, Neo, and Judge Dredd Magazine.