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Special Talk: The World of HOSODA Mamoru's Films
Special Talk: The World of HOSODA Mamoru – From The Girl Who Leapt Through Time to The Future(Mirai) This session looks closely at the world of HOSODA Mamoru, one of the most celebrated animation directors in Japan today. SAITO Yuichiro, Head of ‘Studio Chizu’, has worked with HOSODA Mamoru since the director’s early days, producing films such as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Children. SAITO will discuss the past and future of HOSODA Mamoru, exploring his past works as well as current projects.
SAITO Yuichiro
SAITO Yuichiro is a producer and the head of animation production company ‘Studio Chizu’. He joined Madhouse in 1999 after completing his studies in the USA. He was trained by producer MARUYAMA Masao, who was the founder of Madhouse. He planned many animation films, co-produced overseas projects and worked on collaborations with live-action films. He produced HOSODA Mamoru’s films The Girl Who Leapt Through Time(2006) and Summer Wars(2009). He left Madhouse in 2011 and founded Studio Chizu with HOSODA Mamoru. Ever since, he has focused on producing the works of HOSODA Mamoru including Wolf Children(2012) and The Boy and The Beast (2015). Their current project titled The Future (Mirai) is expected to be completed by 2018.