Nippon Animation

When ISAO TAKAHATA passed away in April 2018, Japanese animation lost one of its pioneers and most famous filmmakers. But as this year’s selection of films in our NIPPON ANIMATION section proves, anime filmmakers are more productive and creative than ever. Along with films by veteran directors like Masaaki YUASA and Hiromasa YONEBAYASHI, we also present the feature length debut of French comic artist Guillaume Renard, who produced his film MUTAFUKAZ as a collaboration with Japanese Studio 4°C. Ujicha’s second film, VIOLENCE VOYAGER, a twisted take on sci-fi and horror movies, might be one of the most unconventional Japanese animation films in recent years. Two short film programs, MUSIC OF THE VISUAL WORLD and TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS: ANIMATION highlight the creative spirit of young and independent filmmakers.

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Lu Over the Wall

  • 夜明け告げるルーのうた
    Yoake tsugeru ru no uta
  • Director: Masaaki YUASA
  • Japan 2017, DCP, 107 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 6 or older
  • German premiere
  • Thursday, May 31, 12:00 Mousonturm Saal
  • Friday, June 1, 15:30 Mal Seh’n Kino


Mary and the Witch’s Flower

  • メアリと魔女の花
    Meari to majo no hana
  • Director: Hiromasa YONEBAYASHI
  • Japan 2017, DCP, 102 min, Japanese with German subtitles, released to age 6 or older
  • Thursday, May 31, 15:30 Mal Seh’n Kino (with German live voice over)
  • Friday, June 1, 12:00 Mousonturm Saal


Music of the Visual World: Japanese Indie Animated Shorts

  • In the presence of the curator Dr. Catherine Munroe Hotes and the director Yuki HAYASHI
  • Sunday, June 3, 18:15 Naxoshalle Kino



  • Director: Shojiro NISHIMI, Guillaume Renard
  • Japan / Frankreich 2017, DCP, 90 min, French with German subtitles
  • Sunday, June 3, 12:00 Mousonturm Saal



The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

  • 夜は短し歩けよ乙女
    Yoru wa mijikashi arukeyo otome
  • Director: Masaaki YUASA
  • Japan 2017, DCP, 93 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • German premiere
  • Saturday, June 2, 12:00 Mousonturm Saal
  • Sunday, June 3, 22:30 Mal Seh’n Kino


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Nippon Film Breakfast: The Boy and the Beast

  • バケモノの子
    Bakemono no ko
  • Director & Script: Mamoru HOSODA
  • Japan 2015, 120 min, Blu-ray, Japanese with German subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • Thursday, May 31, 10:30 Naxos Atelier


Tokyo University of the Arts: Animation

  • In presence of Yuichi MATSUMOTO
  • Saturday, June 2, 17:30 Naxoshalle Kino


Violence Voyager

  • バイオレンス・ボイジャー
  • Director & Script: Ujicha
  • Japan 2017, Blu-ray, 83 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • European premiere
  • Supporting film: INTERSTITIAL by Shunsaku HAYASHI
  • Thursday, May 31, 22:15 Naxoshalle Kino