Tokyo Film Fest Sets Keiichi Hara Anime Focus

Miss Hokusai Still - H 2015
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Miss Hokusai

The director's work will be screened at the 30th TIFF, and also celebrates a century of Japanese animation.

Tokyo International Film Festival is to showcase the work of Keiichi Hara in this year’s Animation Focus section.

Hara worked on anime TV hits including Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan, before switching to anime features. His films Summer Days With Coo (2007) and Colorful (2010) both won awards internationally as well as the Japan Academy Prize. His 2015 period anime Miss Hokusai garnered both commercial success and critical praise.

In addition to the screenings, there will be talk shows and other events, with more details to be announced by the festival.

Previous editions of the Special Focus on Japanese Animation have included showcases of Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) in 2014 and Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and the Beast) last year.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation and the 30th edition of TIFF.

TIFF will take place Oct. 25-Nov. 3 in Tokyo.