Winter Days
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Winter Days

General info
Original title: Fuyu No Hi (冬の日)
Country: Japan
Year: 2003
Genre: Animation
IMDB Rating: 7.7 102 votes
Plot: 'Winter Days' (Fuyu no hi) is an anthology of short animation films based on the Renku style of poetry from Japan - a series of linked haiku where each poet uses the last line of the previous poem. Thirty-five animation artists from the world over collaborated on this film, including Kawamoto Kihachiro (puppet animator from Japan), Yuri Norshtein (animation poet from Russia), Bretislav Pojar (animation artist from Chechoslovakia), and Yamamura Koji (animator from Japan).

The poems originate from the legendary haiku poet Basho's book entitled 'Seven Anthologies of the Basho School', which he created with his students in Nagoya.

A beautiful work combining poetry and anime, this collection is a wonderful addition to the collection of any lover of anime or haiku.

Animator list with links to authors' home pages and info.

Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 105

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Tags: Winter Days, Fuyu No Hi, 2003, Japanese movies, Animation movies, asian movies

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Winter Days
MidnightEye, by Catherine Munroe Hotes source:
«The best example of good continuity of tone and style are the first half dozen short films. Norstein's film depicts, with humour, an encounter between Chikusai and Basho. Norstein picks up on the seasonal reference to late autumn and ends his film with Basho starting his journey by walking into the wind, holding onto his straw hat to keep it from being blown away. Kawamoto picks up where Norstein left off with windy, autumnal imagery and Basho arriving in his straw hat to a meeting of his fellow poets. Kawamoto adds a shower of pink heart-shaped sasanqua petals (an evergreen flowering shrub native to southern Japan and common in Japanese gardens), the key image of the second stanza of the poem. In the third film, Fumio Ooi references the traveler in the straw hat and the sasanqua petals falling like snow from the sky, and adds the sake brewery of the third stanza. The fourth film opens with an abrupt shift to a modern image but soon Tatsutoshi Nomura reveals that the truck outside the sake brewery is an allusion to horse power and the fiery image of the horse is picked up in the following film by Shinichi Suzuki who also uses modern images in combination with traditional images.»

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KAWAMOTO Kihachiro
Imagica Corp.


as Kakei (voice)
Kishida, KyôkoKISHIDA Kyôko
as Yasui (voice)
as Bashô (voice)


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