japan and academy awards

The nominees for the 81st Annual Academy Awards were announced on Thursday and guess what they've made it!! Two Japanese films made the list: Yojiro Takita's 「おくりびと」"Okuribito" ("Departures") was in the running for Foreign Language Film, while Kunio Kato's 「つみきのいえ」"Tsumiki no Ie" ("La Maison en Petits Cubes") was competing for Animated Short Film. They've made it. The oscars are theirs!

“Okuribito” portrays with a humorous touch how a mortician observes people’s lives and deaths. For the film, which was in the pipeline for more than 10 years, Motoki, who plays the mortician, studied relevant techniques under a real mortician. During his training he wiped the faces of bodies and dressed them. Released in September, “Okuribito” swept aside challengers for domestic cinema awards. It won in 10 categories, including best film, at the 32nd Japan Academy Prizes, and picked up the Hochi Film Award. It also took home the top prize at the Montreal World Film Festival in September.

I haven't watched the movie yet, but would love to watch this oscar winner's work soon!

While for "Tsumiki no Ie", Katō created the work out of paper drawings and 2D computer graphics. The animation was painstakingly drawn by hand, meaning it took about seven months to complete the 12-minute film. It tells the story of a grandfather's memories as he adds more blocks to his house to stem the flooding waters. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Kunio Kato's "Tsumiki no Ie" was nominated for Best Animated Short Film and won the award. The animation has already won a number of awards, including the Annecy Cristal and Junior Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market, and the Hiroshima Prize and Audience Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Below is a description of Tsumiki no Ie from Annecy's website:

"It is difficult to keep the house made of blocks out of the water. The grandfather who has lived in it has been constantly adding to it as the water level rises. This is the story about his family memories."


A very touching one. It's time to save our earth buddy!

Great job Japan. They've worked hard and deserve the oscars.


alimau8589 said...

bile pilem mesia nak bes mcm nie..tgg aku tua kerepot kot..~~lalala

dartdadada said...

malaysia kan ada studio digital termahal skrg.tak bgs gk tatau nk ckp apa dah.


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