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School Girl (Joseito)

Directed by Shigeyoshi Tsukahara

Hosted by Director Shigeyoshi Tsukahara.

Japan 2014 14 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre Animation

A teenager’s angsty, wistful inner monologue, taken from the writings of Japanese literary icon Osamu Dazai, accompanies a flow of often surreal, distinctly Japanese imagery in this early short film from director Shigeyoshi Tsukahara. It establishes the animator’s particular proclivities and preoccupations — watercolour tones and textures, the mixing of techniques drawn from old-fashioned forms of entertainment, and a powerful sense of nostalgia. – Rupert Bottenberg