Junko’s Shamisen – Review

Posted January 26, 2010 in

Junko’s Shamisen

Slamdance Film Festival

Directed by Solomon Friedman

This film has a visual aesthetic that  grabs you from the first movement on scene and keeps you particularly satisfied throughout.  Junko’s Shamisen could’ve had a vapid, avant-garde storyline and I still would’ve gobbled it up for the beautiful animated presentation alone.  Luckily, however, the film’s story is solid and perfectly paced. It draws on ancient Japanese myth/lore as well as modern American audience prelations ( we love our revenge plots!) to build something that feels fresh yet grounded. Shot entirely on green screen and animated in a tactile, mostly black and white manner that makes careful use of color as accent, the animation is kinetic and feels beautifully alive—I simply can’t lay enough praise on this film’s presentation.  Junko’s Shamisen is a very ambitious debut project, and  director/writer/animator Solomon Friedman is a talent to keep your eye on.

Jesse Hawlish


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Screening Times:

Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 8:00pm - Treasure Mountain Inn

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 10:00am - Treasure Mountain Inn