The Tokyo International Film Festival (October 25-November 3) announced during the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that the focus of this year’s animation retrospective is director Keiichi Hara.
The first-ever film festival retrospective of his work will include Hara’s early animation works – including his work on the Doraemon (ドラえもん) and the Crayon Shin-chan (クレヨンしんちゃん) franchises – his feature-length animation, as well as his live-action directorial debut Dawn of a Filmmaker: The Keisuke Kinoshita Story (はじまりのみち).
The timing of the announcement is especially apt since Hara’s previous film, Miss Hokusai (百日紅), won the Jury Award at Annecy in 2015.
“This retrospective will reveal Hara’s unsentimental portrayals of a range of Japanese from different eras, including a high school student who’s losing his mind, film director Keisuke Kinoshita’s wartime experiences and the vibrant lives of two late-Edo period painters,” says Ryusuke Hikawa, the advisor of TIFF’s Animation Focus program and an anime critic.
TIFF brought back its animation retrospective in 2014 with Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン) creator Hideaki Anno as the filmmaker in focus. It was followed by the Mobile Suit Gundam series in 2015 and director Mamoru Hosoda in 2016.