Satoshi Kon was one of the most successful anime directors of all time, and France is one of the countries where manga is most popular abroad. So it comes as no surprise that a French documentary about Kon has been made.
The documentary is called Satoshi Kon: La Machine À Rêves [The Dream Machine] and is scheduled to come out sometime later this year. According to IMDB, the documentary’s director, Pascal-Alex Vincent, has been involved in Japanese film distribution in France and directed the Japanese-themed documentary Miwa: À la Recherche du Lézard Noir [Looking For Black Lizard].
A trailer has been released for the documentary. Here’s a teaser via Catsuka:
1st teaser of “Satoshi Kon : La Machine à Rêves” (Satoshi Kon : Dreaming Machine) french documentary.
It will include interviews of Mamoru Oshii, Aya Suzuki, Mamoru Hosoda, Jeremy Clapin…
Produced by Carlotta Films and directed by Pascal Alex Vincent. pic.twitter.com/U4XAkKG63O
— Catsuka (@catsuka) August 24, 2020
“For me, Satoshi Kon was not just a great director, but he was also a great mentor and teacher as well as an activist who’s tried to improve the animation industry for its creators,” says animator Aya Suzuki in the trailer.
“He’s a director who starts off by making you wonder what is real and what is not real, and by the end you may well think that it doesn’t really matter,” enthuses British journalist Andrew Osmond.
According to Anime News Network, the following people will be interviewed in the documentary: filmmaker Mamoru Oshii, director and animator Mamoru Hosoda, Masao Maruyama of Madhouse, voice actress Junko Iwao, producer Taro Maki, animator and character designer Masashi Ando, director and animator Hiroyuki Okiura, and novelist Yasutaka Tsutsui, among others.
Fans recently marked the 10th anniversary of Kon’s passing.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.