Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

Princess Knight

Japan, 1956 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures - Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Acknowledged as the first anime for girls (and indirectly leading to some of the most mind-boggling gender-specific girls titles {shojo manga & anime} which have proliferated in Japan over the proceeding 30 years), Princess Knight is a truly confounding tale. Set in a lurid fantasy-Europe, which makes Disney's penchant for Bavarian castles seem restrained, this is the story of Sap­phire who cannot succeed to the throne of Goldland because she is a girl. Thus she parades as a boy, and smites one Franz Charm­ing when she redisguises herself as a blonde girl for a journey into Silverland. If this already doesn't already sound like one of the wild romantic scenarios from the female cross-dress­ing Takarazuka Revue, complications further arise because when Sapphire was born, a mis­chievous angel (Tink in the original; Choppy in the American) pushed the heart of a boy into her mouth-so she actually has the hearts of both sexes within her.

See also...

Astro Boy

Japan, 1966
The TV series that started it all, from the infiltra­tion of Japanese style into Western TV anima­tion to the tradition of cartoon robots still strong in Japanese amine today. The success of … More »

Kimba The White Lion

Japan, 1954
The 3rd TV series Tezuka created with Mushi, Kimba was the first colour anime series made in Japan. Highly memorable for Australian kids who saw it during its early 70s broadcast, Kimba con­taine… More »

Marvelous Melmo

Japan, 1971
If Princess Knight sounds wiid, Marvelous Melmo is all the more so because Tezuka's intentions were that this TV series function as sex educa­tion for young children. Never released in the west-n… More »

Remake of Astro Boy

Japan, 1968
Technically referred to as the Remake Of Astro Boy this series features a karaoke disco version of the theme (true to the Japanese theme but with English words). Many changes are evident in this slic… More »

Tales of the Street Corner

Japan, 1962
Tezuka's work can loosely be divided into three distinct modes of production: his manga—where he could elaborate his ideas with total control, his TV series and manga derived features-which oft… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.