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Watanabe in Detroit

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
More details about Shinichiro Watanabe's Detroit Lectures

The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit has provided ANN with some more information regarding Shinichiro Watanabe's appearance at the Detroit Film Theatre on February 8.

Watanabe will only be visiting Houston and Detroit, there are currently no plans to lecture in other cities.

We were also informed that on February 9, Watanabe will make another presentation in Michigan, however the location has not been finalised as of yet.

The following is a transcription of the information in the Detroit Film Theater's booklet:

The critically acclaimed animation (anime) director Shinichiro Watanabe will make a very special appearance at the Detroit Film Theatre, sponsored by The Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, the Japan America Society and the DIA Friends of Asian Art. Best known for his Cowboy Bebop television series (1998), which combined elements of traditional American westerns, 40's crime films and a classic jazz score, Mr. Watanabe will discuss the aesthetic and technical aspects of this work, and show clips from Animatrix (2003) and Samurai Champloo (2004). This newest series tells the story of a ronin samurai, a womanizing warrior and a teahouse waitress who band together to search for a "samurai who smells of sunflowers." Samurai Champloo harnesses the kinetic poetry of classic "chambara" sword epics, but is also wildly anachronistic with a musical score recorded by contemporary Japanese hip-hop artists. The evening will be a rare opportunity to meet one of the world's most innovative and important anime directors working today. Wednesday at 7:00.

This article has a follow-up: Shinichiro Watanabe at Michigan State University (2006-02-01 13:03)
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