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 of the founders of Japanese puppet animation and his unique art style has been receiving international praise.
: Annecy International Animation Film Festival Émile Reynaud Award and Audience Award (1976)
: Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize (2003)
and other works: Mainichi Film Concours Ohfuji Noburo Awards (1972, 1974, 1976, 1990, 2003)
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: Sitges International Film Festival Special Award (2005)