The World of Animation Director Sugii Gisaburo

"The Life of Gusuko Budori" and "Master Animator Sugii Gisaburo " Commemorative Exhibition

To commemorate the screening of "The Life of Gusuko Boduri", an animated film based on the work with the same title by Miyazawa Kenji, the Manga Museum is organizing the exhibition "Master Animator Sugii Gisaburo".

Sugii Gisaburo (Professor at the Animation Department, Faculty of Manga, Kyoto Seika University) is the director of "The Life of Gusuko Boduri", but he also directed another work by Miyazawa Kenji, back in 1985, "Night on the Galactic Railway". During this exhibition, we will try to show visotors how both works, while both based on works of literature, have been adapted to animation in different ways. In order to do so, we have lined up the art and story boards for both works and other materials used during their production. In this exhibition we will show what techniques director Sugii Gisaburo used to visually recreate the world of Miyazawa Kenji as an animated film.

We are also holding an exhibition related to the July 28 premiere of a documentary based on director Sugii's career, "Master Animator Sugii Gisaburo."

This summer, please come and share in the passion and message for animation Sugii Gisaburo has.

Period July 26 - August 19, 2012
10 am - 6 pm (Admission to the museum until 5:30 pm)
Open on all days during this period
Venue Kyoto International Manga Museum, 2F Gallery 6

* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.

*Anyone who brings the August issue of the Kyoto Shimin Shimbun and fills out the form at the entrance may enter the museum with 20% discount off the admission fee between August 1 - 31

Exhibited Contents

  1. "The Life of Gusuko Boduri" and "Night of the Galactic Railway" are both works based on novels by Miyazawa Kenji, but director Sugii created different images of both worlds, and while there are similarities between the characters, the art direction in both works differs significantly. Focusing on the perspectives of the two people who worked as art directors on them (Baba Mihoko on "Night of the Galactic Railway" and Abe Yukio on "The Life of Gusuko Budori" ), visitors can compare the art direction and enjoy the way director Sugii expressed the worlds drawn there.
  2. We are exhibiting the animation cells and original art for both works, as well as other material, and the stop-motion set used. Please come and discover the technique used to create the expressions of the 'Cat character' based on Masumura Hiroshi's design.
  3. We are exhibiting the filmography of Mr. Sugii, centered around his work as a Master of Animation. We are introducing the works he made, and the period in which they were created and introduced to the world.
  4. In the video corner, please enjoy the interview with director Sugii.

Related Event

Lecture "How to draw a world and the role of art "

We have invited two masters in the field of Japanese animation, Sugii Gisaburo, director of the film "The Legend of Gusuko Budori" and its art director Abe Yukio, to talk about how to create a world in a work of animation, the role of cinematic art, and never before heard stories about the making of Budori. We hope you enjoy.

*Lecture will hold in Japanese only

Date & time July 29, 2012
2pm - 3:30 pm (scheduled)
Venue Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F Multi Purpose Hall
Featuring Sugii Gisaburo (animation director)
Abe Yukio (animation art director)

* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.

Capacity 200 (on a first come basis)
How to participate No registration required
On the day of the event, we will start handing out numbered tickets for the event in the museum at 10 am.

About Sugii Gisaburo

Born in Shizuoka prefecture in 1940, Sugii began working for Toei Animation in 1958 and after working as an animator on Hakujaden (The Tale of the White Serpent) (1958), Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke (1959) and Saiyuki (Monkey: Journey to the West) (1960) he then took part in setting up Mushi Production in 1961. His work there included production and animation direction for the TV series of Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) and he was supervising director for Goku no Daiboken and Dororo. In 1969 he and others formed Group TAC with Tashiro Atsumi. There he worked on the concept art for the movie Cleopatra (1970), and was the animation director for Kanashimi no Belladonna (1973). In 1974 he directed his first theatrical animated movie Jakku to Mame no Ki (Jack and the Beanstalk) then in 1985 animated Miyazawa Kenji's Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru (Night on the Galactic Railroad) which won the Mainichi Film Award. Following that, he directed works including Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji) (1987) and Arashi no Yoru Ni (2005). In 2010 he was awarded the distinguished service award for film by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Other TV series he has produced include Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi (Manga Japanese Fairy Tales), Nine and Touch. At the end of July this year the documentary film Anime-shi - Sugii Gisaburo will be released.

*Please note that the schedule, performers, and contents are subject to change.
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