Kōji Yamamura

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Kōji Yamamura
Born (1964-06-04) June 4, 1964 (age 55)
Nagoya, Japan
Notable work
Kafuka: Inaka Isha (animation)

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 Best Animated Short Film-nominated and Cristal d'Annecy–winning Mount Head[1] 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.[2]


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 World Festival of Animated Films - Animafest Zagreb and was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film.[3] 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[citation needed] N/A 48 sec.
1999 Your Choice! どっちにする? (Docchi ni Suru?, "Which Do You Choose?") 10 min.
2002 Mount 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 [1] N/A 5 min.
2007 Franz Kafka: Ein Landarzt (A Country Doctor) カフカ 田舎医者 (Kafuka: Inaka Isha) 21 min.[3]
2007 A Child's Metaphysics こどもの形而上学 (Kodomo no Keijijōgaku) 5 min.[4]
2011 Muybridge's Strings マイブリッジの糸 (Maiburijji no Ito) 12 min.[5]


  1. ^ Seize Japan (article), Seesaa.
  2. ^ Minovitz, Ethan (17 January 2012). "Five animated shorts nominated for Genie Award". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved 17 January 2012.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor". Newtype USA. 7 (2): 15. February 2008. ISSN 1541-4817.
  4. ^ "Yamamura Kōji filmography" (in Japanese). Yamamra Animation. 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "Muybridge's Strings". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 5 January 2019.

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