TIFF 2019 Explores Anime History with "The Evolution of Japanese Animation / VFX" Track

Screenings range from "The White Snake Enchantress" to "Promare" to 4K restorations of "Ultra Q"

Galo Thymos from the 2019 anime theatrical film, Promare, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and animated by Studio TRIGGER.

 

The 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival is heading to various venues in Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan in late October and early November of 2019, and this year they've got a special programming track with a killer lineup dedicated to the history of anime and visual effects TV shows entitled "The Evolution of Japanese Animation / VFX". Screenings include:

 

A promotional still from the 1958 film, The White Snake Enchantress, commonly believed to be the first feature length anime theatrical film.

 

The White Snake Enchantress (1958), directed by Taiji Yabushita, also known as "Panda and the Magic Serpent".

 

A promotional image for Aim for the Best, Theatrical Version, a 1979 compilation film based on the Aim for the Ace TV anime.

 

Aim for the Best, Theatrical Version (1979), directed by Osamu Dezaki, also known as "Aim for the Ace".

 

The movie poster for the landmark 1988 anime theatrical film, AKIRA, featuring Kaneda posing with a laser rifle against the backdrop of a cybernetic Neo Tokyo.

 

AKIRA (1988), directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

 

A promotional image from the 2019 anime theatrical film, Children of the Sea.

 

Children of the Sea (2019), directed by Ayumu Watanabe.

 

A promotional image from the 2019 anime theatrical film, Ride Your Wave, featuring the two main characters meeting underwater.

 

Ride Your Wave (2019), directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

 

A promotional image featuring the main characters of the 2019 anime theatrical film, Weathering With You, standing among an unusual atmospheric effect.

 

Weathering With You (2019), directed by Makoto Shinkai.

 

Galo Thymos from the 2019 anime theatrical film, Promare, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and animated by Studio TRIGGER.

 

Promare (2019), directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi.

 

A promotional image from the 2018 anime theatrical film Okko's Inn, featuring a pair of ghost children playing with Japanese carp streamers.

 

And Okko's Inn (2018), directed by Kitaro Kosaka.

 

A screen capture from the 4K restoration of the "Garamon Strikes Back" episode of the 1966 Ultra Q tokusatsu TV series, featuring the titular monster attacking Tokyo Tower.

 

The "The Evolution of Japanese Animation / VFX" also includes 4K restored screenings of four episodes of the 1966 tokusatsu TV series, Ultra Q: "Challenge from the Year 2020", "Garamon Strikes Back", "Tokyo Ice Age", and "Kanegon's Cocoon". The screenings also include premium talk segments with special guests, and there is also another talk event entitled "The Birth of Ultra Monsters - From Ultra Q to Ultraman".


A screen capture from the 4K restoration of the "Kanegon's Cocoon" episode of the 1966 tokusatsu TV series, Ultra Q.

 

The 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival runs from October 28 - November 05, 2019, at the Roppongi Hills and Ex Theater Roppongi venues in Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan. For more information about the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019, including the scheduling for the "The Evolution of Japanese Animation / VFX" programming track, please check out the official English language home page here.

 

Sources:

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Official Tokyo International Film Festival 2019 home page (English version)

 

Hime poses for a Crunchyroll ad banner.

 

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Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

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