Atama Yama

Mt. Head

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Atama-yama
Japanese: 頭山
English: Mt. Head
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 2002
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Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Other
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 10 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 6.381 (scored by 47714,771 users)
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Ranked: #74502
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Popularity: #6849
Members: 8,604
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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. It's also the winner of the Excellence Award on the 6th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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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Jul 28, 2021
Adapted from a Rakugo play from what would appear like ancient times, Koji Yamamura's 2002 tour de force of allegorical dungeoneering into the murkiest depths of the ailing human psyche is nothing short of poetic. The way he weaves sometimes trustworthy, sometimes unreliable visual correlation with the written form enthuses, all while viewers are left by their lonesome to decode what's really to be taken as fact within the mental strain of the character's descent into maddening despair.

One major takeaway would be the integration of motifs as the crux of all chaos that is seen to its causal endpoint on the artifice of destiny. ...
Feb 7, 2018
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 ...
Jan 8, 2018
Mixed Feelings
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 ...

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