Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1900-06-01
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Noburō Ōfuji (大藤 信郎, Ōfuji Noburō, June 1, 1900 – July 28, 1961) was a Japanese film director and animator. One of the most notable auteurs of anime of the first half of the 20th century (one of the industry's most prestigious awards, the Mainichi Film Awards' Ōfuji Noburō Award, is named after him), he worked primarily with cutout and silhouette animation. He also made a number of films in traditional animation, using then-expensive, imported cels, while his earliest work known to have survived is a live-action/animated film. He trained under Jun'ichi Kōuchi before starting his own company. He is known for his employment of washi, especially the coloured and patterned Edo chiyogami, which gives his films a distinctively Japanese appearance. He was one of the first Japanese animators to earn international recognition for his work.
Movies & TV Series
A man in love with a noble lady tries to get close to her with the help of cats.
The National Anthem Kimigayo
Very short animated film from Japan, using cut-outs in the style of Lotte Reiniger.
The Black Cat
A black cat sings and dances, animated using cut-outs.
Early Japanese anime. A stop-motion papercraft animation set to a song sung by Kikoku Inoue
A Story of Tobacco
In front of a girl with the traditional Japanese hairstyle, a small man on a desk says, "women descended from tobacco." The girl laughs at him and traps him under a glass. The angry man puffs on a cig...
The Story of the Monkey King
A cut-out animation adaptation of the classic novel "Journey to the West."