Director focus:

Kiyoji Nishikura


While there is not much detailed information on Nishikura, he directed, in addition to Chameko’s Day, the animated work The Little Rabbit of the Forest (Mori no kousagi) for the All Kinema Company in 1936. He also was the cinematographer on Kenzo Masaoka’s masterful Tora, the Abandoned Kitten, made immediately after the war in 1947.


Available from Zakka Films:

The Roots of Japanese Anime—Until the End of WW II

Roots of Japanese Anime Until the End of WWII DVD cover Total running time: Approx. 92 minutes. / monochrome

8 classic masterworks of early Japanese anime, featuring legendary heroes battling mountain demons and raccoon samurai, a notorious bombing of Pearl Harbor by cute animals, and many more gems by the true pioneers of anime.