Atama Yama

Mt. Head

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


Score: 6.371 (scored by 45714,571 users)
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Ranked: #70212
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Popularity: #6515
Members: 8,214
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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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Dec 25, 2010
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
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 ...
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. ...

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