The first feature film retrospective in Finland dedicated to the late Japanese animation director Satoshi Kon (October 12, 1963 – August 24, 2010). The retrospective travelled to Helsinki, Tampere and Vaasa, gathering a total of 1110 spectators.

Satoshi Kon can be seen with Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii to be the most important directors of Japanese feature-length animation films in recent years. His work is in its quality and artistic merits above the most animation in the world. His unique style combines literature, fantasy and cultural quotes, challenging the perception of the spectator in its dreamlike narrative. His films have been widely acclaimed around the world but there hasn’t been one comprehensive film series in Finland in any form.

His films have sparked an interest of Japanese animation and culture. Susan J. Napier, a professor of Japanese studies at Tufts University and the author of several books on anime, has said “He was part of a line of great Japanese humanist directors and writers”. She links Mr. Kon with Kurosawa, Miyazaki and the novelist Kenzaburo Oe. There is need to promote his films and to commemorate his great work in the field of animation.

These are some of the reasons why we feel that having a comprehensive retrospective of Satoshi Kon’s feature works is a must. The retrospective will travel in the cities of Helsinki, Tampere and Vaasa, and will include his titles Perfect Blue (1997), Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003) and Paprika (2006).

The film retrospective is organized as part of the AAVE CIRCUITS programme, in collaboration with Monroe Film Society, Art House Cinema Niagara and the City of Vaasa Cultural Centre. The event is supported by The Japan Foundation.


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