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August 26, 2010 | By Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
Critically acclaimed animation director Satoshi Kon, creator of "Millennium Actress," "Paprika" and " Tokyo Godfathers," died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday in Tokyo. He was 46. In contrast to the musical fairy tales and comedy-adventures of American animated films, Kon's films blurred the boundaries between fantasy and reality in unsettling ways. His boldly original visions and technical sophistication made him one of the most admired directors in contemporary animation. In Newsweek, David Ansen wrote that Kon "may be the most exciting Japanese animator since [ Hayao]
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August 26, 2010 | By Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
Critically acclaimed animation director Satoshi Kon, creator of "Millennium Actress," "Paprika" and " Tokyo Godfathers," died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday in Tokyo. He was 46. In contrast to the musical fairy tales and comedy-adventures of American animated films, Kon's films blurred the boundaries between fantasy and reality in unsettling ways. His boldly original visions and technical sophistication made him one of the most admired directors in contemporary animation. In Newsweek, David Ansen wrote that Kon "may be the most exciting Japanese animator since [ Hayao]
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January 15, 2004 | Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
With "Tokyo Godfathers," director Satoshi Kon once again demonstrates his skill for creating movies that are the antithesis of American animated feature films. The movie, which opens Friday at the Nuart Theatre, is centered on two men and a teenage girl who sleep in cardboard boxes and scavenge food from the alleys of central Tokyo. Their tenuous existence is thrown into further upset when they find an abandoned baby. Some U.S.
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May 27, 2007 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
BOTH dread and delight course through the anime films of Satoshi Kon, who is widely recognized as a master of the genre. The Japanese director ("Millennium Actress," "Tokyo Godfathers") explores the polarity further in his newest film, "Paprika," in which sleeping and waking, fantasy and nightmare collide. Adapted from a popular novel by sci-fi notable Yasutaka Tsutsui, Kon took the tale for his own.
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September 12, 2003 | Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
"Millennium Actress" ("Sennen Joyu," literally "1,000 Year Actress") may seem like a tough sell to American audiences. It's a complex and sophisticated film that encapsulates the development of Japanese cinema as well as nearly 500 years of Japanese history. That it's also animated and subtitled in English would seem to further limit its prospects, at least among people who think animation is just for kids or who balk at foreign-language films.
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January 16, 2004 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
A gurgling baby, a cooing transvestite, some rancid humanity, a dusting of sharply whetted laughs: In the animated feature "Tokyo Godfathers," the vibe and the hauntingly beautiful visual style are decidedly more pulp than pastel. Just a few minutes into this transporting anime, you know you're not in Kansas -- much less Burbank, home to the very occasionally wonderful world of Walt Disney -- anymore.
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May 27, 2007 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
BOTH dread and delight course through the anime films of Satoshi Kon, who is widely recognized as a master of the genre. The Japanese director ("Millennium Actress," "Tokyo Godfathers") explores the polarity further in his newest film, "Paprika," in which sleeping and waking, fantasy and nightmare collide. Adapted from a popular novel by sci-fi notable Yasutaka Tsutsui, Kon took the tale for his own.
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August 27, 2010
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October 30, 2003 | Susan King
Whale Rider Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene Columbia TriStar, $27 This lovely coming-of-age drama from New Zealand has become one of the big art house hits of the year. Written and directed by Niki Caro from the novel by Witi Ihimaera, the drama revolves around a 12-year-old Maori girl named Pai (the exquisite Castle-Hughes) who believes she is the next tribal leader despite the fact that tradition states that only men can become tribal leaders.
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September 12, 2003 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
At first glance, the plot of "Millennium Actress" sounds so conventional that you wonder why its Japanese creators went to the trouble of making it as an animated film. But first glances can be deceptive, especially with as unusual a film as this. For what "Actress" director and co-screenwriter Satoshi Kon has in mind is the shredding of the laws of space and time. In this film, past and present, fantasy and reality, film and history all occupy the same space at the same time.
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January 16, 2004 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
A gurgling baby, a cooing transvestite, some rancid humanity, a dusting of sharply whetted laughs: In the animated feature "Tokyo Godfathers," the vibe and the hauntingly beautiful visual style are decidedly more pulp than pastel. Just a few minutes into this transporting anime, you know you're not in Kansas -- much less Burbank, home to the very occasionally wonderful world of Walt Disney -- anymore.
NEWS
January 15, 2004 | Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
With "Tokyo Godfathers," director Satoshi Kon once again demonstrates his skill for creating movies that are the antithesis of American animated feature films. The movie, which opens Friday at the Nuart Theatre, is centered on two men and a teenage girl who sleep in cardboard boxes and scavenge food from the alleys of central Tokyo. Their tenuous existence is thrown into further upset when they find an abandoned baby. Some U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2003 | Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
"Millennium Actress" ("Sennen Joyu," literally "1,000 Year Actress") may seem like a tough sell to American audiences. It's a complex and sophisticated film that encapsulates the development of Japanese cinema as well as nearly 500 years of Japanese history. That it's also animated and subtitled in English would seem to further limit its prospects, at least among people who think animation is just for kids or who balk at foreign-language films.
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June 1, 2007 | John Anderson, Special to The Times
The girl of your dreams -- and his dreams, and her dreams -- the punkish heroine of Satoshi Kon's "Paprika" is a double-agent-provocateur in a shape-shifting movie of marvelous, baffling complexities. It's a long way from the more safely beautiful work of that Japanese Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away"). And it is also anime decidely for adults: Among "Paprika's" thriller aspects, noirish angst and futuristic action, nothing is ever what it appears. Dreams intrude on dreams.
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January 10, 2013 | By Susan King
Acclaimed cinema verite documentarian Frederick Wiseman, who is the recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.'s 2012 Career Achievement Award, will be talking about his career Friday evening at the Film Independent at LACMA's "Spotlight on Frederick Wiseman" at the Leo S. Bing Theater. The 83-year-old filmmaker, whose documentaries include "Titicut Follies" and "High School," will also be screening his 2010 production, "Boxing Gym. " Film Independent at LACMA pays tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Golden Globes with a monthly series that shines the spotlight on the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s  long-standing support of film preservation.  A restored film that has yet to be announced will screen Thursday.
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