Kawamoto Kihachiro

Linda Ehrlich linda.ehrlich at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 09:04:53 EDT 2010

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

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

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
> Associate Professor
> Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
> Director of Undergraduate Studies, Film Studies
> Yale University
> 53 Wall Street, Room 316
> PO Box 208363
> New Haven, CT 06520-8363
> Phone: 1-203-432-7082
> Fax: 1-203-432-6764
> e-mail: aaron.gerow at yale.edu
> site: www.aarongerow.com

Linda E.

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