Kyoto Saga Art University graduate Ujicha is a talented artist who uses hand-made and painted paper cut-outs for models and moves them by hand like marionettes to tell horror stories. He has dubbed it “Geki-mation” and he directs, writes, draws, edits, his own work and it is clear to see his skill is undeniable. Third Window Films are going to release a set of his works entitled UJICHA: Violence Voyager / Burning Buddha Man on January 25th on blu-ray & digital.
Here are the details!
2 DISC LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS
Disc 1: Violence Voyager
Uncut original Japanese language version
Audio commentary from director Ujicha and producer Reo Anzai
Interview with director Ujicha (20min)
Short Film: Tempura (4min)
Teaser of Ujicha’s latest film
Short Film: The Retnepac2 (16min)
Short Film: Space Yokai War (9min)
Reversible sleeve artwork
Here are the trailers and synopses and a little extra info that I wrote when each film came out:
燃える仏像人間 「Moeru Butsuzō Ningen」
Release Date: May 18th, 2013
Running Time: 80 mins.
Director: Uji Cha
Writer: Uji Cha (Screenplay)
Starring: Yuka Iguchi, Minori Terada, Ryuki Kitaoka
David Lynch makes scary movies. The other sort of movie nightmare I fear look sort of like this. Seriously, this is the scariest and most brilliantly inventive thing I watched in 2013. The simple but highly detailed paper cuts outs and the bloody, visceral and creepy character designs created genuinely unsettling feelings in me. It is directed by Ujicha, a creative from Kyoto who wrote, drew and directed the images in this film. It stars the voice of the talented Yuka Iguchi who is a familiar voice actress who can be heard in anime like Bakemonogatari/Nisemonogatari as Tsukihi and in Haganai. She is joined by Minori Terada who voiced Musuka in Laputa Castle in the Sky.
Synopsis (rewrite based on TWF): The story begins with the theft of Buddha statues from temples in Kyoto. Schoolgirl Beniko (Yuka Iguchi) gets the Buddha statue at her family’s temple stolen and has her parents killed at the same time. She needs to know what caused the death of a parents and dreams of revenge. She goes on a fantastical journey to ultimately face the demon.
バイオレンス・ボイジャー 「Baiorensu Boijya-」
Release Date: May 24th, 2019
Running Time: 81 mins.
Writer: Ujicha (Screenplay)
Starring: Aoi Yuki, Naoki Tanaka, Shigeo Takahashi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Daisuke Ono, Saki Fujita,
Synopsis: An American boy named Bobby and his friend Akkun head to the mountains to build a secret base but when they encounter a group of scared kids stuck in a mysterious amusement park called Violence Voyager, they soon find themselves under attack by robot-like humanoids!