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Shijin no Shougai

Alternative Titles

English: A Poet's Life
Synonyms: Shijin no Shogai, The Life of a Poet
Japanese: 詩人の生涯


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 1974
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Source: Original
Duration: 19 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 5.891 (scored by 296 users)
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Ranked: #74742
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A worker is fired from a factory for demanding a wage increase. His mother, worn thin by poverty, is caught in her own spinning wheel. Then a strange storm buries the town in snow, freezing rich and poor alike. Another short film by Kihachiro Kawamoto


Winner of the 1974 Oofuji Noburou Award.

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Jun 12, 2012
ridojiri (All reviews)
Shijin no Shougai, or, A Poet's Life, is a Kihachiro Kawamoto kirigami animation, adapted from a short story by Kobo Abe. Kawamoto, who sadly passed away in 2010, was president of the Japanese Animation Association for over twenty years; his works are internationally respected for visionary use of traditional narrative forms and stop animation. His works are innately interesting, excitingly enjoyable, technically brilliant, and visually a feast.

All but three of Kawamoto's works, feature the use of puppetry, it's sort of become Kawamoto's calling card; especially when it was adopted into a TV adaptation of the ever-popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms, winning Kawamoto much fame. read more
Aug 30, 2017
snapler (All reviews)
Rate a 5
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Art Piece

A think tank is the best way to describe this piece. A story is told while not as mystery presents a mystery. For it forces to the viewer to question what he/she just watched. From there try and decipher each character's role and presence. While coming to an end with what they interpreted as the underlining message.

My take was a tale of the downfall to one's on going riches. For money generally comes from others hard work. If one keep draining from the source with out providing some back the source will dry out in time. Once it drys out you read more


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