Showa Shinzan

Showa Shinzan

| 12 min

This animated film tells the story of a young Japanese girl's relationship with her grandfather, a postmaster and amateur geologist. When the neighboring Mount Usu erupts during World War II, he records its activity. As he witnesses the birth of a new mountain named Showa Shinzan, he transcends the misery and folly of war that surrounds them and teaches his granddaughter a valuable lesson about life. Evoking the tradition of Bunraku puppetry, this animated film is based on actual events.

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  • concept
    Alison Reiko Loader
  • direction
    Alison Reiko Loader
  • animation
    Alison Reiko Loader
  • writer
    Hiromi Goto
    Jesse Nishihata
  • narration voice
    Brenda Kamino
  • original music
    Normand Roger
  • sound design
    Normand Roger
  • digital imaging specialist
    Normand Gauthier
    Susan Gourley
  • picture editing
    Hannele Halm
  • sound editing
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • voice recording
    Patrick Viegas
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • archives research
    Nancy Tatebe
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima