June 4, 1964 |
Kōji Yamamura (山村 浩二 Yamamura Kōji?, born June 4, 1964) is a Japanese independent animator who, after leaving a career as a background artist at an animation studio, directs, writes, edits, animates, creates the model sheets and background art for and sometimes produces his own short films and has worked on many commissions such as music videos, television advertisements, title sequences and station idents, both on his own and under or with other directors. He is also a regular illustrator of children's literature and textbooks.
His animation spans a variety of media, his earliest independent works mixing clay painting and stop motion with cels, but has latterly come to concentrate on traditional animation. Two of his most famous and acclaimed films are the Academy Award for Animated Short Film-nominated and Cristal d'Annecy–winning Mt. Head and the Ottawa Grand Prize and Ōfuji Noburō Award–winning A Country Doctor. His 2011 short film Muybridge's Strings was one of five animated shorts nominated for Genie Award.
Yamamura was born in Nagoya and studied painting at Tokyo Zokei University. His 2002 movie Mt. Head (Atama Yama) won the short film award for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Grand Prize at the 2004 Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films and was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Yamamura won the 2007 Ottawa Grand Prix with his animated adaptation of Franz Kafka's "A Country Doctor." Both of the films were included in the Animation Show of Shows.
Yamamura also held an exhibition at the Aichi Expo 2005.
|Year||Title (English)||Title (Original)||Running time|
|1987||Aquatic||水棲 (Suisei)||5 min.|
|1989||Japanese-English Pictionary||ひゃっかずかん (Hyakkazukan)||12 min.|
|1990||Perspektivenbox -Researcher's Search-||遠近法の箱 (Enkinhō no Hako -Hakase no Sagashimono-)||4 min.|
|1991||The Elevator||ふしぎなエレベーター (Fushigina Erebētā, "Mysterious Elevator")||7 min.|
|1993||Karo & Piyobupt: A House, The Sandwiches and Imagination||カロとピヨブプト (Karo to Piyobuputo): おうち (O-Uchi), サンドイッチ (Sandoicchi), and あめのひ (Ame no Hi, "Rainy Day")||4 min., 4 min. and 4 min.|
|1995||Pacusi||パクシ (Pakushi)||18 × 1 min.|
|1995||Kipling Jr.||キップリングJr. (Kippuringu Jr.)||14 min.|
|1995||Kid's Castle||キッズキャッスル (Kizzu Kyassuru)||5 min.|
|1996||Bavel's Book||バベルの本 (Baberu no Hon)||5 min.|
|1998||Mr. Rib Globe||地球肋骨男 (Chikyū Rokkotsu Otoko)||2 min.|
|1999||CARP for REMtv||N/A||48 sec.|
|1999||Your Choice!||どっちにする？ (Docchi ni Suru?, "Which Do You Choose?")||10 min.|
|2002||Mt. Head||頭山 (Atamayama)||10 min.|
|2003||Pieces||おまけ (Omake, "Extra" or "Bonus")||2 min.|
|2003||an unnamed segment for Winter Days||N/A||40 sec.|
|2005||The Old Crocodile||年をとった鰐 (Toshi o Totta Wani)||13 min.|
|2006||Fig, a segment for Image Forum Festival 2005's Tokyo Loop ||N/A||5 min.|
|2007||Franz Kafka: Ein Landarzt (A Country Doctor)||カフカ 田舎医者 (Kafuka: Inaka Isha)||21 min.|
|2007||A Child's Metaphysics||こどもの形而上学 (Kodomo no Keijijōgaku)||5 min.|
|2011||Muybridge's Strings||マイブリッジの糸 (Maiburijji no Ito)||12 min.|
- Seize Japan (ARTICLE), Seesaa.
- Minovitz, Ethan (17 January 2012). "Five animated shorts nominated for Genie Award". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor". Newtype USA 7 (2): 15. February 2008. ISSN 1541-4817.
- "Yamamura Kōji filmography" (in Japanese). Yamamra Animation. 2007. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
- Ohara, Atsushi (2011-02-23). "Director Yamamura completes new short at Canada's NFB". JP: Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Manga", Asahi Shimbun.
- Official Yamamura Animation Web site (English)
- Kōji Yamamura on Twitter (Japanese)
- Muybridge's Strings at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Kōji Yamamura at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Kōji Yamamura at the Internet Movie Database
- Kōji Yamamura at Anime News Network's encyclopedia