The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
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.

  • 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
  • music - collaboration
    Denis Chartrand
    Emiko Toguchi
  • sound design - collaboration
    Denis Chartrand
    Emiko Toguchi
  • additional animation
    Paul Morstad
    Jean-Jacques Tremblay
  • 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
  • calligraphy
    Hiroko Okata
  • post-production coordinator
    Richard Lesage
  • program administrator
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima


Enjoy the NFB experience on your favourite device. 


Study Guide - Guide 1

Showa Shinzan
Also available

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset