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Barbarian Cinema Early Japanese Animation (12A*) + Live and Electronic Accompaniment by the Guildhall' School + Benshi Narration

Sun 5 Jun 2022, 3.00 pm, Cinema 1

A Silent Film and Live Music event featuring a selection of rarely screened early Japanese animation, showcasing some of the very first anime films from 1925-35, which will be accompanied by electro-acoustic music, with Benshi narration.

Very few of the earliest animated films from Japan survive - after being screened alongside live action features, films were often sold on from cinemas to smaller mobile venues where they would be broken down and sold as single frames.

The films that have been preserved in archives offer a fascinating glimpse into the beginnings of a rich history of Japanese animation which continues to this day. They include:

・The Pot (1925, Dir Sanae Yamamoto, w/ English subtitles, 17 min)
・Ubasuteyama (1925, Dir Sanae Yamamoto, w/ English subtitles, 18 min)
・Rhythm (1935, Dir Shigeji Ogino, 4 min)
・Diseases Spread (1926, Dir Sanae Yamamoto, w/ English subtitles, 14 min)
・The Blossom Man (1928, Dir Yasuji Murata, w/ English subtitles, 5 min)
・Two Worlds (1929, Dir Yasuji Murata, w/ English subtitles, 15 min)
・Propagate (1935, Dir Shigeji Ogino, 4 min)
・A Day after a Hundred Years (1933, Dir Shigeji Ogino, w/ English subtitles, 10 min)

For the latest information on new release screenings in the Barbican Cinemas and Cinema On Demand please visit the Barbican website.

The Barbican believes in creating space for people and ideas to connect though its international arts programme, community events and learning activity.

To keep its programme accessible to everyone, and to keep investing in the artists it works with, the Barbican needs to raise more than 60% of its income through ticket sales, commercial activities and fundraising every year.
Donations can be made here: barbican.org.uk/donate

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