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Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka

Adachi-Ga Hara (Osamu Tezuka, 1991)
Adachi-Ga Hara continues the afore-mentioned 'mutative approach' to story-telllng. This time, the original manga is based on a traditional Non play called Kurozuka which mines tho rich vein of Japane… Read more

Akuemon (Makato Tezuka, 1993)
Akuemon is a good example of animation in the gekiga style which has developed in Japan by the start of the 60s. This was a more seriously toned adult-oriented form of manga, which stressed realistic… Read more

Broken Down Film (Osamu Tezuka, 1985)
A string of gags based on 20s-style animation and the self-reflexiveness of Windsor McCay's surreal comic strips from the same period. While the gags are familiar, the extent to which Tezuka pushes t… Read more

Drop (Osamu Tezuka, 1965)
A companion piece of sorts to Mermaid, Drop utilizes similar brush and wash backgrounds, but stylizes its central protagonist in broader caricature. Tezuka made this film in one week as a demonstrati… Read more

Jumping (Osamu Tezuka, 1984)
A tour de force of technique and the imagination. Influenced by the experimental hungarian animation, The Fly, Jumping utilizes the point-of-view gag to convey a breathtaking view of how powerful a c… Read more

Legend of the Forest (Osamu Tezuka, 1987)
The second major work Tezuka produced as a reflection on the art, craft and history of animation (the first being Pictures at an Exhibition). Legend of the Forest is formally dedicated to walt Disney… Read more

Muramasa (Osamu Tezuka, 1987)
One of Tezuka's last shorts. Utilizing a sketchy realist mode of depiction , it is a cautionary tale of armament set against a backdrop of samurai lore and iconography. Towards the end of his life, T… Read more

Pictures at an Exhibition (Osamu Tezuka, 1966)
Tezuka's second major animation short. Pictures at an Exhibition is Tezuka's inspired response to Disney's Fantasia. Much of Disney's works did not reach Japan until the late 40s, and the advances th… Read more

Push (Osamu Tezuka, 1987)
Another of the whimsical gag shorts, this one about the futuristic society of machines at the eternal service of the isolated human being. The repeated ' thank you - come again' phrase orients the fi… Read more

Remake of Astro Boy (Osamu Tezuka, 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… Read more

SPACE FIREBIRD 2772 (Sugiyama Taku, 1980)
Space Firebird 2772 is loosely based on certain futuristic aspects of Tezuka's sprawling Hi No Tori (Phoenix) series of manga, regarded by many as his most outstanding work. Firebird. is a simi­l… Read more

THE FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF UNICO (Toshio Hirata, 1981)
From the imaginative and ever popular brilliance of Tezuka comes an endearing animation told akin to a fable. Unico the young Unicorn discov­ers life, friendship and loyalty, fights against the f… Read more

The Green Cat (Osamu Tezuka, 1983)
The original manga on which the Green Cat has been regarded as a pioneering science fiction work. The resultant anime is a typically quirky mix of Disney-esque character stylings with involving and p… Read more

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