Facial Hair Friday, Week 47

27 Aug

This is a sad Facial Hair Friday.  On August 24th, Satoshi Kon passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Facial Hair Friday is a perfect excuse to talk about this incredible director, because he did have a pretty epic goatee.  But this needs to be talked about anyway.  The animated films this man made were truly amazing.  Every single one of them was different than the one before, and they all pushed the boundaries of their genre in one way or another.  He directed four feature films and one anime series before his death, and was in the process of directing his fifth film when he died.

If you have never seen a Satoshi Kon film, please do yourself a favor and go find a copy of PaprikaPaprika is an obvious influence on Christopher Nolan’s  Inception, and is one of the greatest examinations of dreams that has ever been put on film.  Its also one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen, and is a perfect place to start your Satoshi Kon journey.

If you would like to view his other works, its not that long of a list.  The films Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers, and the four disc series Paranoia Agent.  Hopefully, we will get to see his last film The Dream Machine at some point.  In an interview with Anime News Network, Satoshi Kon said that it would be like a road movie for robots.  And whatever that means, it sounds fascinating.

Right before he died, Satoshi Kon wrote a very long entry on his blog.  Sadly, I can’t read Japanese.  So, if anyone that happens to read this blog can read Japanese, I would be eternally grateful if you would tell me what this means.  You can find it here.

So, Satoshi Kon, we salute you.  You will be missed.

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