Dozens of North / Ikuta no Kita

Synopsis : ‘Dozens of Norths’ is a debut feature-length film by Yamamura. His bleak, yet darkly humorous worldview is presented in its uncompromised glory through his signature hand-drawn animations. The basis of the film is a series of illustrations and texts that Yamamura had created in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The film elevates modern-day suffering caused by real-life events into a mythical and universal dimension and the absurdities and tragedies of human existence are told with injections of hope.

Awards : Grand Prize for Feature Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival Contrechamp Award, Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Director : Koji Yamamura
Producer : Pierre Baussaron, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Koji Yamamura
Screenplay : Koji Yamamura
Editor : Koji Yamamura

Koji Yamamura

Kōji Yamamura (b. 1964) is an independent Japanese animator who directs, writes, edits, animates and sometimes produces his own short films and has worked on music videos, TV commercials and more. His animation concentrates on traditional animation. Two of his most famous and acclaimed films are Oscar nominated ‘Mount Head’ and ‘A Country Doctor’.


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