In a world facing chronic food shortages, a group of scientists strive to create the perfect super-food, a hybrid of meat and vegetable. By accident, an edible creature named Midori-ko is created in the process. It escapes from the laboratory, only to be rescued by a young university research named Midori. This remarkable dark fantasy, part-Pinocchio, part-Soylent Green, is notable for its striking hand-drawn artwork, and took its director Keita Kurosaka over ten years to complete.
This is screening as a double bill with Encounters http://zipangufest.com/films/2012/encounters
Born in 1956, Keita Kurosaka is active as an animator and as Professor in the Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University. Across his career, Kurosaka has explored various methods of animation including drawing, photography, and sculpture and has also produced video clips, installation pieces, and comics. Kurosaka’s films have screened widely at international festivals including Rotterdam, Berlin, Annecy, and Hiroshima. He was also responsible for the 23rd stanza of the 2003 animated film Winter Days, collaboratively created from the individual contributions of 35 world-class animators. Kurosaka also created the 2006 promotion video Agitated Screams of Maggots for the internationally acclaimed Japanese rock band Dir en grey. Kurosaka’s major works include Worm Story (1989), Personal City (1990), ATAMA (1994), and Flying Daddy (1997).