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Katsuhiro Otomo's 'Combustible' Short's English Promo Streamed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Short film set in Japan's historical Edo period won Japan Media Arts Festival Award last month

The official English website for Katsuhiro Ōtomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) and Sunrise's "Combustible" ("Hi no Yōjin") short is currently streaming an English promotional video for the short.

Otomo created a one-shot manga called "Hi no Yōjin" in the very first issue of the Comic Cue anthology from East Press in December of 1994. The story centers around people who put out fires in Japan's historical Edo period. The film, which is a part of the Short Peace anime omnibus project, competed at France's Annecy last year, and it was also screened at the Platform International Animation Festival in Los Angeles in October. That festival also presented Otomo with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The short won the Grand Prize in Animation at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs' Japan Media Arts Festival Awards last month. The short is also one of 10 works shortlisted for the Best Animated Short Film award for the 85th Academy Awards. The list will be narrowed down to three to five films for the final nominees, which The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce on January 10.

[Via tsk06]

Updated: Typo fixed. Thanks, IkariGendo.

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