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Combustible ("Hi no Youjin")

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2012
  • 12 mins
  • HD
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)

Thwarted in their love, rebellious Matsukichi and pretty Owaka are reunited in the most tragic way, as a firestorm breaks out in the heart of Tokugawa-era Edo. Based on his own manga from 1994, this breathtaking, award-winning short from the legendary creator of AKIRA explores the aesthetics and mores of classical Japan — from the design principles of woodblock prints to the protocols of firefighting in a vast city of wood — with passionate precision.

— Rupert Bottenberg