Tomoyasu Murata: Stop Motion Master. Japan Society Presents North American Premiere of 8 Short Films

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Japan Society

One of Japan’s most prolific independent animation artists, Tomoyasu Murata has steadily created breathtaking, boundary-breaking stop motion animated films over the last two decades. Inspired by the expressive power of traditional Japanese bunraku puppet theater, Murata’s films—at once tender, whimsical and mysterious—deal with themes of memory, absence and mujo (the Buddhist concept of impermanence) through the cinematic manipulation of his meticulously handcrafted puppets and fantastical miniature sets.

Japan Society is proud to introduce Murata’s work to New York City for the first time through the career-spanning program Tomoyasu Murata: Stop Motion Master, featuring the North American premiere of eight short films that range from the artist’s award-winning student work to recent projects that respond to the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

“An artist of great introspection and sensitivity, Murata makes the most of silence in his stop motion animation films,

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