The works of Osamu Tezuka
This programme consists of two films inspired by the work of this renowned author known in Japan as « the God of manga »
Léo roi de la jungle
Age 6 and above
Animation / Japon / 1997 / 1h40 / 35 mm / couleur / VF
Screenplay : Yoshio Takeuchi d’après la série manga de Osamu Tezuka
Animation : Akiko Sugino
editing : Seiji Morita
music : Isao Tomita
Léo is a film of remarkable visual and poetic impact. With its long end sequence in which the lion fights for the survival of his kind on the slopes of a snowy mountain it even borders on the sublime.
Florence Colombani, Le Monde
Age 12 and above
Animation / Japon / 2001 / 1h47 / 35 mm / couleur / VOSTF
screenplay : Katsuhiro Ôtomo d’après d’après l’oeuvre de Osamu Tezuka
artistic director : Shuichi Hirata
music : Toshiyuki Honda
In Metropolis, a futuristic city, humans and robots live side-by-side.
The towering skyscraper Ziggurat houses the society’s elite whilst the poor and the robots are condemned to live underground. The detective Shunsake Ban and his nephew Kenichi lead an investigation into human organ smuggling and meet Dr. Laughton, a scientific rebel. He has created a wonderful girl named Tima, a new kind of android. She is destined to be enthroned at the top of the Ziggurat.
Considered in Japan to be the God of manga, Osamu Tezuka was born in 1928 in family passionate about manga and foreign cinema. From a young age he revealed his passion and gift for drawing. In 1947 at the age of 19 he published New Treasure Island which became extremely popular in post-war Japan. Without knowing it, Tezuka established the rules and techniques which define modern manga. The Lion King, upon which this film is based, was published between 1950 and 1954 and adapted into an animated series by the Mushi studio which Tezuka founded in 1962. He greatly influenced both children’s manga and animated film which were subsequently closely linked to one another.