Japanese Animated Film Festival

Masterpieces of the Past 50 years

Japan is one of the leading countries where animation industry has well developed, and it has produced a lot of great works and animators since last century. Since the first Japanese animation been produced in1945, many films have been produced and screened until today. Recently a Japanese animation even received one of the best prize in an international film festival

Besides Kuala Lumpur, the Japanese Animated Film Festival will be held in Brunei, Penang and Kota Kinabalu. It is one of the events under ‘ASEAN-JAPAN Exchange Year 2003’. The theme for this Animated Film Festival is ‘MASTERPIECES OF THE PAST 50 YEARS’. It is organized in order to introduce the changes and development of animation production in Japan by showing some of the most important works from the 50’s to 90’s. You can easily find the latest animated films in the market but what we present to you are six selected remarkable films that represent each period of the roots of the Japanese animation development. Nowadays we can hardly appreciate these historical Japanese animated films even in Japan.

Among the films to be screened, “White Snake Enchantress” is a historically significant piece as the FIRST real Japanese feature length colour animated film that was produced in 1958. This production was all hand drawn and it involved the total number of 13,590 staff during the 2 year production period.

Here is the title for animated films to be screened:

White Snake Enchantress (Directed by Taiji Yabushita, 1958, 79 mins)
Little Norse Prince Valiant (Directed by Isao Takahata, 1968, 88 mins)
Pictures At An Exhibition (Directed by Osamu Tezuka, 1966, 39 mins)
Galaxy Express 999 (Directed by Taro Rin, 1979, 128 mins)
The Dagger of Kamui (Directed by Taro Rin, 1985, 132 mins)
Home of Acorns (Directed by Takashi Anno, 1997, 110 mins)
Astro Boy (Directed by Osamu Tezuka in 1980 & 1981, 24 mins each)

The Japanese Animated Film Festival will be screen as follows:

Date : 30 May – 1June 2003
Venue : Nursing College
Date : 31 May – 1 June 2003
Venue : Empire Cinema
Contact: +673-2-229 265 (Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam)


Date : 4 – 8 June 2003
Wed 4 June at 19.00(Opening Ceremony is by invitation only – VIP & Press)
Venue : Auditorium, Muzium Negara
Contact : 03-2161 2104 (The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur


Date : 14 – 15 June 2003
Venue : Island Plaza Mega Pavillion Cinemas
Contact : 04-226 3030 (Consulate-General of Japan in Penang)


Date : 21 June 2003
Venue: Dewan, SRJK Chong Hwa Tenom

Date : 22 June 2003
Venue : Keningau Regional Library
Contact : 088-254 169 (Consulate-General of Japan in Kota Kinabalu
For further enquiry, please contact Ms Kugai or Ms Sephrine of The Japan Foundation,
Kuala Lumpur at 03-2161 2104, email:

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