Kawamoto Kihachiro

Peter Larson pslarson2 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 09:13:10 EDT 2010

This is truly sad. I recently checked out book of the dead from the library on a whim and was completely impressed.


On Aug 27, 2010, at 9:04 AM, Linda Ehrlich <linda.ehrlich at gmail.com> wrote:

> Such sad news. This past summer I wrote to Kawamoto´s studio about my desire to meet with him when I teach in Japan during the Winter 2011 semester. I received a very cordial reply, informing me that Kawamoto-sensei was in the hospital.
> In addition to THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, I want to highlight his amazing A POET´S LIFE (based on a story by Abe Kobo), his unforgettable interpretation of DOJOJI, and the brilliant HOUSE OF FLAMES. (Not to forget the whimsical early film THE BREAKING OF BRANCHES IS FORBIDDEN). Fortunately, KINO has a collection of some of his work on DVD. They are a delight to watch again and again. 
> Has anyone visited the museum of his work, in Nagano-ken as I recall?   Linda Ehrlich
> On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 11:22 PM, Aaron Gerow <aaron.gerow at yale.edu> wrote:
> Some have mentioned this in other media, but one of the other greats of Japanese animation, Kawamoto Kihachiro, passed away on the 23rd of pneumonia. He was 85. Kawamoto was one of the deans of puppet animation, having learned from greats such as Mochinaga Tadahito and Jiri Trinka. His brilliant work is often ignored in the craze for "anime," but that is the loss of those who have not viewed his wonderful legacy. A few works have come out on DVD, such as The Book of the Dead and some of his short films.
> Aaron Gerow
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