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"Akira" Katsuhiro Otomo - animacja japońska, animacja globalna
Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira – Japanese Animation, Global Animation

Author(s): Mirosław Filiciak
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: katsuhiro Otomo; Akira; Anime; Japan; Animation

Summary/Abstract: The analysis of Katsuhiro Otomo’s "Akira", the most famous anime (Japanese animated film) outside of Japan, is the starting point for reflections on the status of culture production of the Country of Flowering Cherry Tree in the era of globalisation. How come the film so strongly rooted in such an exotic Japanese history and culture has paved the way for anime to the film theatres of the West? Filiciak doubts it is possible to make entirely “local” movies today, pointing to the unusual eclecticism of Japanese productions. The culture-related model of the organisation of Japanese animated film production and the specific bond of anime makers with the audience make the films perfectly suit the needs of contemporary consumers. The characteristic openness of the Japanese viewer to an interpretation of a film work causes that the differences between what is “Japanese” and “global” in anime films are blurred.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 51
  • Page Range: 167-181
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish