A Tribute to Masaaki Yuasa
Like a fusion of Tex Avery, Dali, and Soren Kierkegaard, Masaaki Yuasa’s work (Mindgame; Lu Over the Wall; Night is Short, Walk on Girl; Devilman Crybaby; Adventure Time) bursts with visual energy, rapid-fire colour patterns, sudden shifts in character design, elastic character movements. You’re never quite sure where you are in these kaleidoscopic dance dreamscapes. And that’s just fine.
The retrospective will include Yuasa’s landmark features along with screenings of rarer short works and television episodes.
Masaaki Yuasa will be in attendance throughout OIAF 2023.
2021, 98 min.
A revisionist rock opera about a 14th-century superstar whose dance moves take Japan by storm.
Thursday, September 21, 2023 9:00pm @ ByTowne Cinema
Friday, September 22, 2023 3:00pm @ ByTowne Cinema
Lu Over the Wall
2017, 112 min.
A joyous twist on a classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame.
Saturday, September 23, 2023 11:00am @ OAG: Alma Duncan
Sunday, September 24, 2023 11:00am @ ByTowne Cinema
Night is Short, Walk on Girl
2017, 93 min.
Over the course of one epic night in Kyoto, a college sophomore goes on a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife, all the while unaware of the romantic longings of her classmate Senpai. Based on the book of the same name by Tomihiko Morimi.
Thursday, September 21, 2023 3:00pm @ OAG: Alma Duncan
Sunday, September 24, 2023 5:00pm @ ByTowne Cinema
2004, 103 min.
After a deadly encounter with yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience. A cult classic with an explosion of unconstrained animated expression.
Friday, September 22, 2023 9:00pm @ ByTowne Cinema
Saturday, September 23, 2023 9:00pm @ ByTowne Cinema
Thursday, September 21, 2023 11:00am @ ByTowne Cinema
Friday, September 22, 2023 5:00pm @ ByTowne Cinema
Genius Party “Happy Machine”
2007, 14 min.
Adventure Time, Season 6, Episode 7: “Food Chain”
2014, 11 min.
Ping Pong the Animation, Episode 11 “Blood Tastes like Iron”
2014, 23 min.
The Tatami Galaxy, Season 1, Episode 1: ‘Tennis Circle “Cupid”‘
2010, 23 min.