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April 16, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
S ome of the more interesting material on the market includes: Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa (New Society). The dramatic and moving story of a schoolboy who witnesses the destruction of Hiroshima by the atomic bomb. In Japan, this powerful anti-war statement has been the subject of three live-action films, an animated feature and an opera. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller with Klaus Jenson and Lynn Varley. (Warner Books). Corto Maltese in Siberia by Hugo Pratt (Nantier-Beall-Minoustchine)
"Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade" mixes elements of the European folk tale "Little Red Riding Hood" into a dark story of deception and betrayal in the Japanese anime style. Written by Mamoru Oshii, director of the cult favorite "Ghost in the Shell," and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, who worked as a key animator on "Akira," "Jin-Roh" offers a violent but compelling vision of what an animated feature can be.
January 21, 1987 | CHARLES SOLOMON
"Festival of Animation," which opened Friday night at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, offers viewers a look at 17 short films from the United States, Canada and Europe. Over the last few years, the festival has introduced some of the best new animated films from the international festivals, including several Academy Award nominees, to Southern California audiences. This year's program relies heavily on older films.
October 29, 2000 | CHARLES SOLOMON
American readers and moviegoers know the work of Jean "Moebius" Giraud--even if they don't recognize his name. In films from "Tron" to "The Fifth Element," the influence of the French comic book artist-illustrator-designer can be seen, as well as in such graphic novels as Frank Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns." The recently released "Digimon: The Movie" also clearly bears the hallmarks of his style: characters drawn in strong lines with areas of flat pastel color.
May 16, 2013 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - The Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only seven features in his nearly half-century career, but his legendary midnight movie "El Topo," a wigged-out peyote western that played to New York audiences for months in 1970, sealed his place in the annals of cult cinema. Jodorowsky last made a comeback in 1989 with the Oedipal melodrama "Santa Sangre," about a serial killer operating under the spell of his armless mother. When that project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, a journalist wondered if a decade-long break from filmmaking had left Jodorowsky rusty.
June 1, 2003 | Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
When "The Matrix" burst onto the screen in 1999, American audiences were dazzled by its spectacular effects: characters leaping from the top of one sky- scraper to another, hand-to-hand combat that sent the participants flying -- knocking chunks of concrete out of walls -- or doing 360-degree flips in midair. But fans of Japanese animation recognized much of what they saw was a live-action adaptation of anime.
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