Archive of films The Trip / Tabi
1973, 12 min
Section: Tribute to Kihachiro Kawamoto, The Great Unknown Giant of Japanese Animation
The only of Kawamoto’s films screened in the retrospective to be set in the present, this film diverges from much of his other work in its animating technique. Although by and large portraying a journey towards the director’s own soul, at certain points the film was inspired by the August 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The only one of Kawamoto’s films screened in the retrospective to be set in the present, The Trip diverges from the director’s other puppet films in its animating technique. The film presents traditional airport images, but as it shifts to the animated plane it becomes unusually internalized: thus extensive tourism, symbolized by Japanese tourists taking in western architecture through the lenses of their cameras, is replaced by a spiritual search for an inner alter ego. At certain points, the director was inspired by the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia - during her wanderings, his protagonist comes across tanks, self-immolation and an endless number of variations on the self-ascribed male principle.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Tribute to Kihachiro Kawamoto, The Great Unknown Giant of Japanese Animation|
|Dir. of Photography:||Ken Yoshioka, Minoru Tamura|
|Production:||Sakura Motion Picture Co., Ltd.|
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