Skip to main content

A TREE OF PALME

Japan, 2001 (MIFF 2002, Animation Gallery)

Director: Takashi Nakamura

A new animated feature by Nakamura Takashi, chief animation director of Japanime classic Akira (1988). At the base of a huge tree, Fow, an ancient botanist, lives in a hut with a malfunctioning wooden robot named Palme. A wounded warrior arrives at the secluded outpost just ahead of her marauding pursuers, she passes a capsule to Palme and makes him vow to deliver it to Tamas, a world deep underground.

Like the Pinocchio myth dragged screaming into a mythical, surreal future, A Tree of Palme explores the meaning of humanity. On his perilous journey, Palme encounters people a lot less mechanical but a lot more soulless than himself. Alarmed by the transience of existence the faithful robot weathers a succession of trials and battles to fulfil his quest.

Screening at both Berlin and Hong Kong Film Festivals, A Tree of Palme combines differing animation techniques in its creation of a fantasy future. Mind blowing 3D backgrounds are melded with more traditional 2-D character design in a world that is equal parts Tolkein and Dante's Hell. Includes a highly unusual soundtrack by Harada Takashi, Japan's sole professional player of the esoteric Martenot electronic keyboard.

Nakamura Takashi (born in Yamaguchi, 1955) became involved in animation in 1972 working on a number of TV series. Since then he has worked as an animator and character designer on numerous films, including Armageddon: The Great Battle with Genma (1983) and Warriors of the Wind (1984). This is Nakamura's second film as director following Catnapped! (1995).

See also...

VAMPIRE HUNTER D: BLOODLUST

Classy, intelligent and visually complex animation by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, a veteran with at least two of the most internationally successful animes ever to his credit, Wicked City (1989) and Ninja ... More »

PAPRIKA

“This head movie is cunningly designed to mess up minds.” - Japan Times Living a double life, Dr Atsuko Chiba is a 29 year-old research psychotherapist working on the cutting edge of the ... More »

SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN

A monumental 13-part Japanese anime series, Serial Experiments Lain is a heady brew of X-Files paranoia, The Matrix alternate realities, Strange Days technophilia and existential adventure Lam is a ... More »

TOKYO EXPRESS 06

Tokyo Express 06 is a programme curated exclusively for MIFF, once again, by anime fiends Madman Entertainment. This offers a rare chance to preview four key episodes of upcoming series on the big ... More »

TAMALA 2010: A PUNK CAT IN SPACE

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space Japan'Riding solo into the cosmos from Cat Earth en route to investigating evil galactic powerhouse Catty & Co.; encountering the Dark God of Death; learning of an ... More »

EVANGELION - 1.0 YOU ARE NOT ALONE

God is in his heaven, all is (Not) right with the world. ... The Angels have descended. These colossal extraterrestrial monsters besiege the fortress-city of Tokyo-3 and our last line of defence is ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director