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Events - 07.30.2019

“Astro Boy” Screening & Macoto Tezka Panel

Astro Boy
Tezuka Productions



Cocktail 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Screening 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM


JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5


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JAPAN CUTS HOLLYWOOD and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles presents a special screening of Astro Boy and a panel discussion featuring Macoto Tezka and an American animation expert! Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" brought on epic-making change in the history of Japanese animation. This first animated TV series in Japan formed the basis for a long lasting and flourishing culture of Japanese animation. (Read more about the history and the impact of Japanese animation.) We will be discussing the two way street of influence between Japanese and American animation.


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Speaker Profile

Macoto TEZKA
Born in Tokyo in 1961, Macoto TEZKA (TZK) is a “Visualist”. Tezka began filmmaking while in high school and won several film awards including Pia Film Festival. Since then, Tezka has turned into a successful creator in various fields; as a director of films, TV, commercial ads and PV, and also as an author of various books.
Tezka made his commercial debut with the release of the film “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers” (1985). In 1995, he produced a PC software “TEO-The Magical Planet” (1995), which was published and sold in 19 countries with annual sales of over half a million copies.

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In 1999, he directed a feature length film “Hakuchi: the innocent” (1999), which he worked on developing for over 10 years. The film won many awards, including the Digital Award at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2001, Tezka acted as a General Director for the opening ceremony of “East Asian Games 2001”. He also directed TV animation “Black Jack” and won Tokyo Anime Award at Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2006. Tezka supervised manga “Pluto” (original author: Osamu Tezuka, Manga: Naoki Urasawa, producer: Takazhi Nagasaki). Tezka’s latest film “Barbara” (original author: Osamu Tezuka) is planned to be released in late 2019.

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