TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese animated film director Satoshi Kon, known for "Tokyo Godfathers," ''Millennium Actress" and other prize-winning movies, has died of pancreatic cancer. In his short life, Kon became one of the most celebrated auteurs in anime history. . Languages. I am indescribably sad at his death, since … Given half a year to live, Kon chose to spend the remainder of his life in his home. ", "Satoshi Kon's Short Manga Stories to be Published (Updated)", "Satoshi Kon's Seraphim, Opus Manga Reprinted", "The Art of Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress", "The Art of Tokyo Godfathers - Satoshi Kon", "The Anime Works of Satoshi Kon Book Review", "CATSUKA - KON'S TONE II Satoshi Kon notebook. He began his career as a Manga artist. Much of it was gritty, intense, and at times, even nightmarish. He was 46. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. I spent years to finally reach this hard conclusion. Satoshi Kon was born on October 12, 1963. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). My personal goal is to get it within five years after his passing. While attending Hokkaido Kushiro Koryo High School, Kon aspired to become an animator. However, that would make it Hosoda's movie, not Kon's. Influences. [28][29] After his death, Kon was mentioned among the Fond Farewells in Time's people of the year 2010. Dreaming Machine (夢みる機械, Yume Miru Kikai) is a cancelled Japanese anime fantasy-adventure film directed by Satoshi Kon.It would have been the director's fifth feature film. "[34], When asked about his interest in female characters, Kon stated that female characters were easier to write because he is not able to know the character in the same way as a male character, and "can project my obsession onto the characters and expand the aspects I want to describe. Satoshi Kon (今敏, Kon Satoshi, October 12, 1963 – August 24, 2010[3]) was a Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and manga artist from Sapporo, Hokkaidō and a member of the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA). The news first spread via a Twitter post from industry fellow … ( NY Times obituary .) Director and original story writer. Paprika and Paranoia Agent director Satoshi Kon passed away this week, but before he died, he wrote a final blog post to his friends, family, and anime colleagues. Kon's post is a meditation on death and tying up loose ends. Darren Aronofsky wrote a eulogy to him, which was printed in Satoshi Kon's Animation Works (今敏アニメ全仕事), a Japanese retrospective book of … It's been just over a year since the death of Satoshi Kon, one of Japan's grand masters of animation. [40][41] Several critics and scholars have noted many striking similarities between Kon's Paprika (2006) and Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010), including plot similarities, similar scenes, and similar characters, arguing that Inception was influenced by Paprika. Before his death, Kon uploaded a final message onto his blog. Click here to read his message to his fans. [7][37] Western films also served as an influence, most notably George Roy Hill's Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The City of Lost Children (1995) and the works of Terry Gilliam (particularly Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)). Feature film. A discussion and analysis of the incredible works of one of my favorite directors. It became apparent to Kon that he wanted to become an animator from a young age. Satoshi Kon was born on October 12, 1963 and died on August 24, 2010. Rest in Peace Satoshi Kon. Millennium Actress satoshi kon. Satoshi Kon makes an art of Japanese anime. They’re an exceptionally moving insight into the mind of one of Japan’s most imaginative animators. Kon’s next two features, Millennium Actress (2001) and Tokyo Godfathers (2003), a romance tinged with magical realism and a Capraesque comedy, marked a change of direction for the animator, but remained staunchly adult-focused. . Acclaimed anime director, Satoshi Kon, died of terminal pancreatic cancer on August 24, 2010 at the age of 46. Dreaming Machine should be Kon's movie, him and only him, not someone else's. The book outlined Kon's works from his first feature of Perfect Blue (1997) to his work on Yumemiru kikai (2011). Kon summed up the film with "Kihonteki na story igai wa subete kaeta" (基本的なストーリー以外は全て変えた)[24]—roughly, "Everything but the fundamental story was changed." Kon died on August 24, 2010 at the age of 46. American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky acknowledged the similarities to Perfect Blue in his 2010 film Black Swan, but denied that Black Swan was directly inspired by Perfect Blue. Ten years ago, on August 24, 2010, anime director Satoshi Kon died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 46. [23], In 2006, Paprika was announced, after having been planned out and materializing for several years. It is with sadness that we report the death of Japanese animator Satoshi Kon. [6] His favorite works were Space Battleship Yamato (1974), Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974), Future Boy Conan (1978) and Mobile Suit Gundam (1979),[7] as well as Katsuhiro Otomo's Domu: A Child's Dream. View their obituary at The Mauritanian: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster And Shailene Woodley Get ... 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