July 14th, 2009 15:17:00
13 international animators contribute to this hilarious satire on the Olympic Games and the global frenzy they inspire. Directed by Mashima Riichiro, whose previous surreal entry into the newly-christened 'Olympic Satire' subgenre, SKI JUMPING PAIRS: THE ROAD TO TORINO, went on to sell over half a million copies, TOKYO ONLYPIC is an anthology film like nothing you've ever seen. Using a variety of animation styles - 2D, 3D, hand-drawn, digital, stop motion - as well as some live action, the film's myriad segments were created by a diverse crew including Takanobu Mizuno, Bill Plympton, Keiko Sootome, Toru Hosokawa, Takashi Taniguchi, Richard Fenwick, Tetsuro Kodama, Ignacio Ferreras and more.
"They called me out of the blue," said Bill Plympton via email, acknowledging that he had met some of the people involved a decade earlier at the Clermont-Ferrand short Film Festival in France. The procession of contributors all came up with their own obscure, fictional sports, such as the Women's Hell Race, High Speed Text Messaging and Robotic Sumo Wrestling, which all play out amid running sports commentary from minor Japanese celebrities Junichi Mogi and Shoko Nakagawa. "The only guidelines were that it had to have Japanese people in the audience and the ONLYPIC logo had to appear in the animation," said Plympton. His segment, 'The Race for Luv', involves a fictional sport whereby male suitors race towards a chariot carrying an Italian bombshell, each trying to simultaneously woo her with portrait-painting, cake-baking, and balladry. "The Race for Love was my own idea," offers Plympton. "I thought that love is more competitive than sports."
TOKYO ONLYPIC plays Tuesday July 14th at 7:10pm and again on Sunday July 19 at 2:15pm , both in the Salle JA de Seve.
See the full film details, trailer and more on the film page HERE.