Kawamoto the Puppet Master

Born in 1925, Kihachiro Kawamoto is considered a living treasure in his home country, with over thirty years spent creating some of the world’s most sublime and atmospheric stop motion animation. Having studied in Prague under Czech animator Jiri Trnka, who encouraged him to draw on his own country’s rich cultural heritage, Kawamoto returned to Japan to make a series of painstakingly crafted masterpieces with their roots in Japanese legends and the theatrical forms of Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku theatre.

A Watershed touring programme programmed by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp (co-founder of the specialist Japanese film website www.midnighteye.com).

Previously in this season

Absurdities, Legends & Fairy Tales

A programme of Kihachiro Kawamoto’s short films that celebrates the fantastic, the mystical and the arcane, including the haunting ghost story The Demon and the…

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Demons, Poets & Priests

A selection of Kihachiro Kawamoto‘s finest short films, including the haunting ghost story The Demon, and To Shoot Without Shooting, adapted from a tale set…

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The Book of the Dead

Kawamoto’s Magnum Opus set in Japan’s Nara period (the mid-8th century) recounts the true story of a young noblewoman greeted with a vision of Buddha…

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