Atama Yama

Mt. Head

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English: Mt. Head
Synonyms: Atama-yama
Japanese: 頭山


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 2002
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Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Other
Genres: ComedyComedy, DementiaDementia, PsychologicalPsychological, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 10 min.
Rating: PG - Children


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After a stingy man eats some cherry seeds, a cherry tree grows on his head and he gets into a lot of trouble.


The film won the 2003 Annecy International Animated Film Festival Grand Prix (Le Cristal d'Annecy) for Best Short Film.

This animated film is a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese Rakugo story "Atama-yama" set in contemporary Tokyo.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yamamura, Koji
Director, In-Between Animation, Key Animation, Special Effects, Editing, Background Art, Creator, Animation Director, 2nd Key Animation
Yonemura, Shouji


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Dec 25, 2010
Kizaragi (All reviews)
Atama Yama (2003) is a short anime with a duration of about 10 minutes by Koji Yamamura. Having a simple story that cool to live as full of meaning. Unlike Inaka Isha (2007) who may be visually confusing, it looks more simple and will make us realize how important it is to appreciate the environment. Is this a form of call/invitation or criticism, which obviously this anime has the unique delivery and good intentions.. Altough it only has a simple meaning but this anime will make you nods..
Feb 9, 2012
starshinesMonet (All reviews)
Yamamura Kōji has a way of making his work feel more like I am listening to a variation of Japanese
theatre with surrealistic images in the background rather than watching an anime, which is a large part of what makes watching it so interesting! This verve for stage direction comes mostly from his choice of story adaptation, seiyuu and musical directors as much as from his execution or art style, which often leave its viewer wondering what really happened there. And while his art style is unique, where Yamamura Kōji really shines is how he tells a story.

In my review for Inaka read more
Feb 7, 2018
PharuanUndearth (All reviews)
A very funny and good short, sort of like a Kabuki(themed) play (

Pros: A great funny story with great sounds.

Cons: Nothing.


The story starts off like a kabuki style, with music and stlyized verbage. It has the narrator and a main protagonist, a cheap man who picks up food and other debris off the ground. One day he picks up cherries from the ground and decides to eat them all of them including the seeds. This somehow lets him grow a sakura tree out of his head. People magically appear on his head like it's the Sakura blossoms in Tokyo or even in Philadelphia and read more
Jan 8, 2018
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
Rate a 6
English Subtitled
Psychological film

Indecisive is a grand word to express this work. Introduction was fairly simple hinting at what was to come and shortly after providing the pretext behind it. As the story progressed you seemed to know what was going on but it doesn't really pan out that way. In fact it bends into something else entirely. Somewhere in the bending out phase i was lost as a viewer with the plot. At first i thought i was seeing something similar to the making of a gardener only to have it morph into a visit from a therapist? I suppose i get it read more

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