by Chris MaGee
Lord knows there are umpteenth different manga to live-action adaptations out there. It often seems that they, and big screen spin-offs from popular TV series, are the two commodities that keep the Japanese film industry afloat these days. That being said I had to sit up and take notice when a friend sent me this link from Twitch about a short film that's screening at this year's SXSW Festival taking place in Austin, Texas between March 12th and 20th. The film titled "Junko's Shamisen" tells the story of a young girl who must avenge her grandfather's murder, and it uses an ingenious mix of live-action, CGI, and 2D animation that brings the look and feel of a manga to the screen like I've never quite seen before. What's most interesting is that it was created by Toronto-based filmmaker and animator Sol Friedman. makes you wonder what this guy could do with two whole hours and some serious financial backing...
You can check out the teaser trailer for "Junko's Shamisen" below and see more of Friedman's work at his official site here and the official site for "Junko's Shamisen" here.
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