Have you been itching to check out the new documentary about late anime master Satoshi Kon? You’re in luck. The National Museum of Asian Art at the Smithsonian will be streaming the film in the US for a week starting March 26.
The film is called Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, and is directed by Pascal-Alex Vincent. It premiered in 2021.
Here’s how the National Museum of Asian Art describes the film:
This documentary celebrates the legacy and influence of Satoshi Kon’s work, both in Japan and abroad. It features interviews with fellow anime directors including Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), as well as overseas admirers such as Darren Aronofsky (who included an homage to Kon in Requiem for a Dream) and Rodney Rothman (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). “An intoxicating celebration of an astonishing talent cruelly cut down in his prime, Vincent’s film serves as an enthusiastic eulogy for long-time fans, but also as a tantalising eye-opener to the as-yet uninitiated.” (James Marsh, South China Morning Post).