Animated East Asia

In conjunction with the Cornell University Library, Cornell Cinema presents this three-film series in celebration of the centennial of the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, one of the largest and most important East Asian collections in North America. The Collection includes rare treasures dating back several centuries, but the films in the series are very much of the moment, featuring contemporary film animation from Korea, China & Japan.

The series begins with A Road Called Life, a beautifully animated film based on three famous Korean short stories from the 1920s and 30s that are studied by most Korean high school students. The three stories focus on the hardships and pleasures of the different stages of a man's life. The Chinese film Have a Nice Day by Jian Liu cemented his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation, as it’s both a Tarantino-esque pulp thriller and “a postmodern political art project.” (The Guardian). The series concludes with visionary Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa’s latest, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, about a teenage girl’s epic night out in Kyoto. A Road Called Life and Have a Nice Day will be offered free of charge, courtesy of the Library. Ticket info for The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is still TBD. Come back to our website for details in mid-September.

image from The Night is Short, Walk on Girl