Focus on Japan: Films from the KINEKO Film Festival (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 1:00pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 3:00pm
Saturday, February 9 – 3:00pm

Ages 8+

** Presented in collaboration with KINEKO! **

Enter a magical realm where mysterious beings are half-mortal, half-god, patient animals are the guardians of boys and girls, and friendship is a force as magical as the wind. These animated, all-Japanese-language films are brought to Seattle through our festival’s friendship and cooperation with the creators of the KINEKO International Children’s Film Festival in Tokyo.

64 min.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Fox Fears

(Miyo Sato, Japan, animation, 2015, 8 min, Japanese with English subtitles) North American premiere!

On the evening of a village festival, a young boy name Bunroku hears an old woman’s superstitious tale of foxes. The story sparks the boy’s fears, but his mother’s loving words have the power to comfort him.
Grand Prix in Japanese Short Film Category at KINEKO 2016

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Matasaburo of the Wind

(Hiroki Yamada, Japan, animation, 2016, 22 min, Japanese with English subtitles)

In the countryside where children and their animal friends attend school together, a girl who has just moved from the city is mistaken for the child of the God of Wind. Her classmates do not immediately accept her, until but one boy reaches out to form a friendship.
Grand Prix in Japanese Short Film Category at KINEKO 2017

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Momo and Her Cat

(Yuka Imabayashi, Japan, animation, 2016, 10 min, Japanese with English subtitles) North American premiere!

With love and tenderness, this heartwarming animation shows how a girl’s relationship with her cat guides her into adulthood.


Genbanojo

(Takumi Doyama, Japan, animation, 2017, 24 min, in Japanese with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A popular troupe of traveling entertainers has a mystical secret to their success – they are actually magical foxes in disguise! When a young girl happens to find out the truth, the foxes use their magic in ways they haven’t been able to for centuries.