Kawamoto, Kihachiro

Kawamoto, Kihachiro

Given name: 喜八郎
Family name: 川本
Birthday: Jan 11, 1925
Member Favorites: 19
Died: August 23, 2010.

Japanese designer and maker of puppets, a director, writer and animator of independently-made stop motion films and president of the Japan Animation Association since 1989 (until his death in August 2010), succeeding Osamu Tezuka. Previously an illustrator and doll maker, he has collaborated with Tadasu Iizawa and trained under Tadahito Mochinaga and, later, Jiří Trnka. His most famous creations in his native Japan are the puppets he designed and made for a long-running TV series adaptation of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms; internationally he is better known for his own short films. Most of these are model animation; Tabi and Shijin no Shōgai are cutout animation and the French-language Farce anthropo-cynique is mixed media.

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Puppet Anime Creator Kawamoto Kihachiro Passes Away

According to Sankei news, stop motion anime director Kawamoto Kihachiro passed away on August 23rd due to pneumonia. He was 85 years old. Kawamoto is known as one...read more

greatyu | Mar 21, 8:01 AM
Rest in peace~

LoneWolf | Feb 13, 2:51 PM
Amazing director. A bit late at this point but R.I.P

Ben_Omar | Nov 28, 2013 5:55 PM
Truly a genius. His short films, haunting and in a different class. Less & less we see people like him nowadays.

Arrvilja | Nov 20, 2011 3:30 PM
I got acquainted with the heritage of Kawamoto-sama not long ago and was amazed by it. His later works are especially striking as they are very detailed. And every single detail was paid attention to *sighs*
It's such a pity he passed away. He was a Genius. Eternal respect to you, Master!

VincentHarkonnen | Jun 24, 2011 5:47 AM
RIP :( His stories were so beautiful...

LoveEnmaAi | Sep 3, 2010 5:46 PM

enerjak | Aug 28, 2010 10:59 AM

Retro8bit | Aug 27, 2010 12:01 PM

You were one of the greats, and I will continue to watch your work!

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