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Director  Kihachiro Kawamoto
Music director  Shin-ichiro Ikebe
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Country  Japan
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation
Screenplay  Basho
Writer  Basho Matsuo
Language  Japanese
Winter Days movie poster
Release date  2003 (Japan)
Initial release  January 31, 2005 (South Korea)
Directors  Yuriy Norshteyn, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Isao Takahata
Cast  Kyoko Kishida, Noboru Mitani, Ryuta Kashiwagi
Similar movies  Yuriy Norshteyn directed Winter Days and Tale of Tales

Winter Days (, Fuyu no Hi) is a 2003 Japanese anime film directed by Kihachiro Kawamoto. It is based on one of the renku (collaborative linked poems) in the 1684 collection of the same name by the 17th-century Japanese poet Basho.

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Winter Days movie scenes

The creation of the film followed the traditional collaborative nature of the source material – the visuals for each of the 36 stanzas were independently created by 35 different animators. As well as many Japanese animators, Kawamoto assembled leading names of animation from across the world. Each animator was asked to contribute at least 30 seconds to illustrate their stanza, and most of the sequences are under a minute (Yuriy Norshteyns, though, is nearly two minutes long).

The released film consists of the 40-minute animation, followed by an hour-long Making of documentary, including interviews with the animators. Winter Days won the Grand Prize of the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2003.

Bashos hokku, or opening verse, of the 36-verse poem:

Winter Days is a 2003 animated film, directed by Kihachir? Kawamoto. It is based on one of the renku (collaborative linked poems) in the 1684 collection of the same name by the 17th-century Japanese poet Bash?. The creation of the film followed the traditional collaborative nature of the source material – the visuals for each of the 36 stanzas were independently created by 35 different animators. As well as many Japanese animators, Kawamoto assembled leading names of animation from across the world. Each animator was asked to contribute at least 30 seconds to illustrate their stanza, and most of the sequences are under a minute (Yuriy Norshteyn's, though, is nearly two minutes long).

Animated segments

Norshteyn animated the opening stanza (hokku) as the special guest (kyaku). Chikusai is running around listening to trees, and meets Basho. Hes awed, but is amused to see that Basho is picking bugs out of a cloak that is as torn as his own. He gives Basho his own hat in exchange for Bashos (which has a gaping hole at the top) and goes away. Suddenly, the wind picks up and blows the torn hat away. Chikusai chases after it and manages to catch it, but then with a shrug lets it go and allows it to fly off wherever the wind will take it. Meanwhile, Basho is moving slowly and laboriously against the wind, with a hand on his new hat to keep it from flying away.

Speaking at the November 30, 2007 Russian theatrical premiere of Winter Days, Norshteyn said that he had made a longer, 3-minute version of this segment, but had not yet added sound to it.

Kawamoto animated the second (waki) and final (ageku) stanzas as the organiser (shosho).

Similar Movies

Yuriy Norshteyn directed Winter Days and Tale of Tales. Yuriy Norshteyn directed Winter Days and The Overcoat. Kyoko Kishida appears in Winter Days and The Book of the Dead. Yuriy Norshteyn directed Winter Days and The Heron and the Crane. Yuriy Norshteyn directed Winter Days and The Battle of Kerzhenets.

DVD releases

The film is currently available in four DVD versions, none of which has English dubbing or subtitles.

  • Regular Japanese release, November 22, 2003 (R2, NTSC). Contains original film (40+65 min), no subtitles.
  • "Complete Box" Japanese release, November 22, 2003 (R2, NTSC). Contains film + eight additional DVDs with making-of featurettes (total: 945 mins). No subtitles.
  • Korean "RABA Animation" release, February 7, 2006 (R3, NTSC). Contains Korean subtitles; otherwise, identical to "regular" Japanese release in all but the region encoding and price.
  • French release, June 20, 2008 (R2, PAL). Original animation with French audio, and making-of with French sub-titles.
  • References

    Winter Days Wikipedia
    Winter Days IMDb Winter Days themoviedb.org


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