Kuri, Yoji

Kuri, Yoji

Given name: 洋二
Family name: 久里
Alternate names: Youji Kuri
Birthday: Apr 9, 1928
Website: http://www.yojikuri.jp/
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Japanese cartoonist and independent filmmaker. One of, if not the most important figures in the history of Japanese independent animation, he was the unofficial leader and most prolific of the "Animation Association of Three" (アニメーション三人の会) collective who kick-started the renaissance of modern-styled, independently-made, adult-aimed animation in early 1960s Japan.

He is known internationally for the very black comedy of his films, with the typically naïve style of his cartooning often belying the surreal, obscene and disturbing situations they depict (though he has worked in a variety of styles and mediums, including pixilation); this made them a favourite among the fervently counter-cultural audiences, which included such filmmakers as René Laloux, of the first few years of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and in a 1967 publication he was considered to be "the most significant" and "the only Japanese animator whose work is known in the West" (which is to disregard the Toei Animation features and Astro Boy series that were first seen in the West around the same time that Kuri's first several films were and mentioned in passing in the same publication, though these were not known as works of an individual and characteristic filmmaker and often had their Japanese origin played down).

He is also known in Japan for his comics, a collection of which earned him the 1958 Bungeishunjuu Manga Award. Though now retired from filmmaking he continues to illustrate and to teach animation at Laputa Art Animation School.

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Dlwuik | Feb 12, 1:46 PM
aos master race fuck you all

Ericonator | Nov 24, 2017 12:38 AM
This guy is legendary.

rodolfoemiliano | Nov 6, 2017 2:50 PM
This girl below said she saw nothing in his works. The only thing her little head sees and understands is Gintama. To capture the message behind Yoji Kuri is not for everyone. That is why, in general, they insult the public of animes as being childish.

pgmhecateii | Jun 21, 2017 3:50 PM
Really sorry to his fans, but I don´t remember a single thing that happened in his videos, so I deleted all my entries. The only one I remembered was that Ningen Doubutsuen one.

I totally wasted my time...

kokyo | Apr 10, 2017 7:16 PM
what a legend, i'm watching a lot of his films tonight and accidentally chewed a straw in half subconsciously

these films are crazy, amazing work

Stacys__Mom | Jan 2, 2017 7:24 PM
Not the biggest fan of this dude's work myself, but it's fantastic surrealism if you're into that sort of thing. There's always something unique and interesting about his films!

Gnk | Dec 6, 2016 7:20 AM

OneTrueEmiya | Nov 17, 2016 3:42 AM
Ayyy @LostGentleman, you lost? ANN is that way~

Wow this guy, he's older than WWII, can't believe he's still around :o

Kafig | Sep 15, 2016 8:53 PM
Acchi Kocchi seems to be his longest movie ever, but according to some website, the footage is lost or destroyed. What a loss! I really like Yuri Koji. I can't explain it, but they're really fun and unique, and dark too.

LostGentleman | Sep 7, 2016 2:12 PM
When kids actually walk around commenting on a human-being being alive. The way some comment, as if "something was here that shouldn't be", as if someone had to be deceased because their childish minds can only foresee such outcome, .. What is wrong with human race?!
If you reach 80 and strangers go to you saying "still alive o.O " <--- do you even SEE how messed up, inhuman, an aberration of a concept, the oddest jealousy, that is?? What??? You were MEANT to be dead ASMR???
Were some of you raised in a jungle??

Hoping your very very small minds grow a tiny bit further: my great-grandmother was past the age of 90 when she passed away, amazing lady. Yes humans don't die once they hit 60. I guess your small minds - that nowadays don't seem to have any care for their own family, only for the immediate two or three family members who buys pretty things for you - won't realize how long people indeed live. No, his age is not strange. And yes, as a person, you should be happy. Not shocked. Not finding it odd. Not as if you found something that isn't supposed to be here. Notice even animals are more respectful - they won't have such disrespectful reactions upon finding life.
And don't take the artists you find on magazines as the fine example of what is actual life and of normalcy. Just because the idols of your young person pass away at young age (50s or earlier) it does not mean that is how it is supposed to be. At all.
It isn't.

Swordnoob, N1gg3roume, I agree with you both
His work on Ai, blew my mind
I wish I could watch Acchi Kocchi, I really do, but I can't seem to find that work of his

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