FILMS

『The Adventure of The Little Samurai』

An animated Jidaigeki. The remarkable imagination of Japanese animators that surprised the world with Jidaigeki action in animation.

ファンタジー/Fantasy ファミリー/Family
Japan Premiere
Digital remastered version

『The Adventure of The Little Samurai』

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Schedule
10/27 [sun] 16:45ー
Data
Director Taiji Yabushita
CastTeruo Miyazaki, Hiroko Sakuramachi, Katuo Nakamura
CountryJapan
Year1959
Time83min
LanguageJAPANESE
DistributionToei
Story

Awarded the Golden Lion of San Marco (Grand Prize) at the Venice International Film Festival Children's Film category. There is a strong will to tell a story through animation here. The lines depicting the course of Sasuke, living with animals in the forest, and his growth from training ninjutsu, to defeating Princess Yasha are full of life. The sparks of the young animators' imagination are evident in the great salamander, slime, Princess Yasha portrayed as a skull, and comical characters. Another must-see point is that Jidaigeki staff were appointed to choreograph the sword action and dance, adopting movements from Jidaigeki.

Directors info
Taiji Yabushita

Born in 1903. After graduating from the School of Arts Tokyo, he steps into the world of documentary film. Post-war, he enters Nihon Douga to begin creating short animations with Zenjiro Yamamoto. The company was then acquired by Toei Douga, and he directs the first feature-length animation film of Japan, "The White Snake Enchantress". He then directs "The Adventure of The Little Samurai", "Alakazan the Great" "The Orphan Brother", and "Arabian Nights: Sindbad the Sailor", forming the foundation of Toei Douga.

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