Toei Animation Co. Ltd’s hit anime series GeGeGe no Kitaro and Hakaba Kitaro have been selected to screen at this year’s Locarno Int’l Film Festival as part of the show’s dedication to the cult anime figure Kitaro, created by manga star Shigeru Mizuki. GeGeGe no Kitaro is scheduled to screen on Aug.16 at 11 a.m., with Hakaba Kitaro following at 2 p.m.
GeGeGe no Kitaro revolves around Kitaro, a monster with a strong sense of justice. He and his friends work together to fight the evil monsters threatening the people in the town. The property has been brought to the small screen for young viewers via animation five times now, starting in 1968. The latest incarnation is currently airing on Fuji TV.
Hakaba Kitaro takes place in the 1950s. The war has ended and the economy is growing at an accelerating pace. As urbanization progresses, the Ghost Tribe and spirit-monsters are forced to move deeper into the backwoods. The last of the Ghost Tribe, Kitaro was born in a graveyard and has come to be known as Hakaba (Graveyard) Kitaro. With his father, Medama Oyaji (Eyeball Father), he observes insatiable human greed from the standpoint of the spirit world and the human world.
The 61st annual Locarno Int’l Film Festival kicked off on Aug. 6 and will continue through Aug. 16 2008 in Locarno, Switzerland. Throughout its sixty-year history, the film fest has brought together the public, professionals and young creative talent from around the globe to celebrate the world of auteur, cotemporary cinema.